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Jackson County prisoner charged with open count of murder

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Frederick Walter Patterson, III was returned to Jackson County and housed in the Jackson County Correctional Facility in November of 2017 from Union Correctional Facility. Patterson was returned to face a second-degree murder charge committed October 2, 2015 while he was serving time at ACI.  Monday morning, January 15 at 2:02 a.m., the Marianna Police Department responded to Jackson County Correctional Facility in reference to a reported homicide.

The press release issued by Chief of Police Hayes Baggett said, “Upon officers’ arrival, it was reported to them by the correction’s staff that during a security check they discovered Frederick Patterson III had attacked his cellmate who died of his injuries sustained in the attack. Investigators determined it was an ambush style attack on the cellmate.”

Tuesday, in an updated press release, the victim was identified as 82-year old Arthur Williams, a resident of Ontario, Canada.  Patterson is listed as 21 years old. 

Court records indicated Patterson was scheduled for a pre-trial court appearance on Tuesday, January 16, with a January 29 trial date for the 2015 murder. 

The TIMES contacted Jail Administrator Mark Foreman Tuesday morning by cell phone.  Foreman stated he was notified around 2:30, give or take and initially said he arrived at 4 but wasn’t real sure.  In response to the question about Patterson’s previous charge, Foreman replied, “I’m not fully aware of his entire history while in DOC at ACI.”  He further stated in reference to Patterson being housed with another inmate, “Inmates that are accused of killing are not placed in solitary confinement. That is not a standard practice. He was housed in our maximum-security housing.  An offense is not a sole reason for solitary confinement.”  

Foreman stated the cell was last checked around 1 a.m. in compliance with an hourly check. About cameras in the jail, Foreman said, “We have a security surveillance, that is all I am going to say. We do have an adequate security surveillance system at the jail. I am not going to impede the investigation by Marianna Police Department.”

The victim, Scott Collingsworth, in 2015 at ACI was serving a 15-year sentence for robbery.  He had served approximately two years of that sentence at the time of his death. 

Arthur Williams was arrested for loitering or prowling, trespassing property not structure or conveyance, attempting to lure or enticing a child under 12, aggravated stalking with credible threat (perceived) false information to law enforcement officer, threat to bomb false report of planning bomb explosive according to the jail docket at the time of his arrest. 

As of press time Tuesday, Patterson was being housed in an isolation cell at the jail. The jail has seven such cells, four of which are used for medical issues.

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