UPDATE: DJJ releases statement after Augusta YDC inmate indicted

Michael Everidge
Michael Everidge was arrested on charges relating to another inmate's death. (WRDW-TV / Nov. 11, 2011)
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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An Augusta Youth Development Campus inmate has been indicted on murder charges in the fatal assault of a fellow inmate.

Michael Everidge was indicted Tuesday on two counts of murder. One count for malice murder, the other for felony murder.

Jade Holder, 19, was found beaten in his cell in November and later died from his injuries.

After Holder's death, News 12 looked into a possible coverup into extenuating circumstances of the murder, which launched an investigation by the Department of Juvenile Justice. To date, 11 people have been fired, including the director and the captain of security, two employees have been demoted and two others have resigned.

News 12 uncovered contraband allegations within the YDC. Multiple firings at the YDC have occurred in the recent months.

DJJ Commissioner Gale Buckner released this statement on Thursday:
“We thank the GBI for their unparalleled cooperation and the level of expertise they have brought to the field to help expedite this death investigation at DJJ’s Augusta Youth Development Campus.

It was their best practices and collaborative efforts with DJJ investigators in the collection of witnesses, testimony and evidence that laid the ground work for this murder indictment.

The Department of Juvenile Justice also commends the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office for coordinating the results of this intensive investigation to a conclusion resulting in an indictment to bring justice to the murder of 19-year-old Jade Holder.”