BCI inmate killed

Published 9:50 am Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WINDSOR – The Windsor Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) are investigating the death of an inmate following a fight here Friday night at the Bertie Correctional Institution (BCI).

Preliminary indications are that five inmates were involved in a fight that broke out around 10:30 p.m. Correctional staff broke up the fight and called EMS. Two inmates involved in the fracas were first taken to Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor.

Joleski Floyd, 24, died at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Floyd was serving a 10-to-13 year sentence for second degree murder. He had been incarcerated since January 2010 after being convicted in connection with the July 2008 shooting death of Derrick Barden in Warsaw in Duplin County.

The other inmate, who was not named, was treated for a minor injury at Vidant Bertie and is now back at the prison.

Also on Saturday morning, another fight broke out at BCI where still another inmate was injured. That inmate, also unnamed, is in Vidant Bertie and listed in stable condition.

The NCDPS says Bertie Correctional is on a modified lockdown while the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.