April 11, 2014
MECHANICSBURG — A Tri-County Regional Jail inmate, who was assaulted on Saturday, April 5 during a fight, died Friday, April 11 at Miami Valley Hospital.
Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin confirmed that David A. Piersol, 39, died at 3:34 a.m.
Piersol was taken to the Dayton hospital via CareFlight, following an incident at the jail that serves Madison, as well as Union and Champaign counties. Published reports said Pierson was injured during a fight in the jail’s general housing unit.
Melvin said the incident remains under investigation by his office. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.
Piersol was charged in Union County with rape and other sex-related crimes involving a 3-year-old child. He pleaded not guilty in February.
A Union County Common Pleas Court journal entry from April 5 noted the court was informed by the prosecuting attorney that Piersol was in the hospital on life support and was under guard due to the bond in place.
The court ordered that his bond be modified to a recognizance bond and that he be released from custody of the jail until further order.