MARIANNA, Fla. - Tuesday, 21-year-old Fredrick Patterson III was seen before Jjudge Christopher Patterson for second degree murder charges that took place in October of 2015.
Patterson was being housed at the Appalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads when the incident occurred.
On October 2, 2015, Patterson was placed in a confinement cell with inmate Scott Collinsworth around 11 AM.
Less than two hours later, Patterson allegedly beat his cell mate to death.
"He used his hands to repeatedly strike Scott Colinsworth all about his body," said Chief Assistant State Attorney, Michelle Daffin.
According to law enforcement, Patterson verbally admitted to killing inmate Collinsworth, but he says it wasn't his intention. He took the stand to tell that to jurors for himself.
"I never meant to kill him. It was an accident. It wasn't intended for that. I just didn't want him to get back up," said defendant, Frederick Patterson III.
Patterson's defense attorney is working to get the charges lowered to manslaughter, rather than second degree murder.
"We're here today, not because we're saying that Mr. Patterson didn't kill Mr. Collinsworth. We're here today because we disagree with what the state has charged him with," said Defense Attorney, Derek Blount.
After the incident occurred at ACI, Patterson was taken to the Jackson County Correctional Institution in Marianna. Earlier this month he was charged with first degree murder for a similar act, killing his 82 year old cell mate, Arthur Williams.
Patterson was first appeared, but no other court dates for that case have been set.
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