June 29, 2016

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Dead inmate’s cellmate transferred to Lucasville facility

Gerald Pierce

Gerald Pierce

David Worley

David Worley

GRAFTON — The day after Gerald Pierce was beaten to death in his prison cell at Grafton Correctional Institution, his cellmate was transferred to the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville.

Although state prison officials have declined to identify Pierce’s cellmate because of the ongoing investigation, the only inmate who was transferred from Grafton to Lucasville on Dec. 2 was David Worley, a Cleveland man serving a 128-year prison sentence, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records.

Pierce, 65, died from massive head injuries caused by multiple blunt-force trauma.

Prison officials have said Pierce was killed during an altercation with his cellmate and that the two prisoners had shared a cell since July.

No one has been charged in connection with the case.

Worley, 58, was convicted in 2006 in Cuyahoga County of attempted murder, felonious assault, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery for attacking Kenneth Schneider during a string of violent incidents in late 2005 and early 2006, according to court records.

Pierce was serving a prison sentence of 33 years to life on aggravated murder and other charges for the Oct. 19, 1989, shooting death of Timothy Weybrecht in a Cleveland alley.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.