Editor's Note: This story was clarified to state Gerald Raymond Dietrich Jr. was hospitalized Sept. 8, pronounced brain dead Sept. 9, and taken off life support Sept. 10.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities arrested an Inverness man for allegedly murdering another inmate at the county jail.
Brodrick Larnell Houston, 33, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 18, on charges of third-degree murder, and aggravated battery by a detained person upon another detainee, according to the sheriff’s office on Wednesday.
Houston’s bond was set at $30,000.
According to the sheriff’s office, Citrus County Detention Facility staff contacted the sheriff’s office on Sept. 9 to report that 40-year-old inmate Gerald Raymond Dietrich Jr. had been transported to a hospital Sept. 8 for treatment of an unknown medical condition.
Responding deputies learned Dietrich and Houston were involved in a fight earlier in the day, which could have led to Dietrich’s hospitalization, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hospital staff pronounced Dietrich brain dead on Sept. 9, according to the sheriff's office, before he was taken off life support Sept. 10.
Further investigations by Roscoe Watts, a detective with the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, led to Houston’s arrest on Tuesday.
Houston remained in custody during Watts’ investigations on his pending theft- and fentanyl-related charges filed in April and June 2022, according to court records and the sheriff’s office.
Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916, bthompson
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