Inmate stabbed at UPDC


A fight between two state inmates at the Union Parish Detention Center ended with one being stabbed multiple times and the other being charged with aggravated second-degree battery.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said the stabbed inmate received “a lot of stitches and staples” for his multiple stab wounds but was released from a local hospital several hours after the Dec. 30 fight.

Detectives learned that another inmate, Jermaine Zeno, 52, who is from New Orleans, used a bladed instrument in the fight with Ellis Davis, 33, no hometown given. Zeno was identified from video footage at the detention center at Farmerville.

Davis told investigators that he did not personally know Zeno and had not had any issues with him.

However, Zeno told investigators, in the presence of an attorney, that Davis had been staring at him for several weeks and making insulting remarks toward him, insinuating that they needed to fight. Zeno said he and Davis had been incarcerated together at St. Tammy Parish Prison in 2017.

Gates said the weapon used in the 5 a.m. incident was found some three hours later in laundry from M Dormitory where the fight occurred.

Zeno’s bail on the new charge against him was set at $100,000.

He is serving time for home invasion, simple kidnapping, domestic abuse aggravated assault and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.