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Sherburne County inmate beaten to death

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) -- An man being held at the Sherburne County Jail on a gross misdemeanor traffic violation died after being beaten by another prisoner, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Carl Edward Moyle, 28, had been in jail since Tuesday morning, after being arrested in Elk River and booked for allegedly driving without insurance, authorities said.

Jailers learned of a disturbance in a 15-bed common area at around 9:20 p.m. and found that Moyle had been beaten with a railing, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said the suspect was in the county jail awaiting a court date related to an earlier attack at a state prison.

Moyle's family said he was driving his brother's truck to work when he was pulled over and arrested. His family says the proof of insurance was at home in a drawer and not in the glove box.

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The victim's brother, Byron Moyle, told KSTP-TV that he brought the proof of insurance to the police department after work on Tuesday, but it was closed.

Family members said the sheriff told them the suspect took a handicap railing off a stall in the bathroom, took it to the cell where Moyle was sleeping with his back turned and beat Moyle to death.

The case remains under investigation.

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Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com

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