Limestone prisoner bites off inmate's ear

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a prisoner in Limestone County bit off the tip off an inmate's right ear during a fight.

Sheriff Mike Blakely says first reports indicate that 30-year-old Farroll Barber and Julius A. Allen, both of Athens, were fighting when Barber bit the 18-year-old's ear Saturday.

Barber was jailed about a week ago on a theft charge. Allen was jailed at about the same time on sodomy, resisting arrest and drug charges.

Blakely said doctors at Athens-Limestone Hospital could not reattach the ear.

The altercation allegedly began when Barber poured water on a bench in the commons area of his cell block to keep others from sitting with him.

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