LIMA — Detectives at the Findlay post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were investigating an altercation between two inmates at the Allen Correctional Institution that ultimately led to the death of one of the prisoners.
According to a State Patrol report, a physical altercation between Larry Bumphus and another inmate took place at about 3:50 p.m. May 22. Bumphus died from his injuries June 4. The State Patrol said no further information was being released pending completion of the investigation. The other inmate involved in the altercation has yet to be charged.
Family members of Bumphus said they were contacted by a State Patrol trooper June 4 at their home in Sandusky. A cousin, Gayle Witherspoon, was told to get in touch with the warden at the Allen Correctional Institution.
Witherspoon said the warden told her that Bumphus had been assaulted and was severely injured. The family was also told that Bumphus had been taken off life support. Witherspoon said they were given the run-around while at a hospital in Columbus and by the time they were able to see the body at 10:30 p.m., Bumphus had already died.
Witherspoon said she looked at his face and his head was swollen and the side of his face was caved in around the temple area. The family also said that it has been required that the family come up with $600 for transfer of the body, money they don’t have.
“We believe he was murdered,” said Patricia Perrault, another cousin of the deceased. “We haven’t been able to get any information and we would just like to know what was going on.
Bumphus was serving 27 years after being found guilty by a jury Aug. 20, 2003, on two counts of rape and and a count of aggravated burglary. Court records said Bumphus entered the home of Kathy Propst in Sandusky on Sept. 23, 2000, and purposely compelled her by force or threat by force to engage in sexual contact two times. The family said Bumphus was acting as his own attorney and trying to clear his name.