Hamilton County Jail inmate charged with murder ‘removed his own eye’

Hamilton County Jail inmate charged with murder ‘removed his own eye’
Aqeel Watson, 42, was being held on aggravated murder charges in connection to the stabbing death of Lamont Palmer in Mount Airy on Sept. 12. (Provided) (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer)

CINCINNATI (Cincinnati Enquirer) - An inmate at the Hamilton County Jail facing murder charges “removed his own eye” from its socket while in a jail cell, according to the sheriff’s office.

Aqeel Watson, 42, was being held on aggravated murder charges in connection to the stabbing death of Lamont Palmer in Mount Airy on Sept. 12. The jail incident occurred on Monday evening and was discovered by deputies doing suicide watch rounds.

Deputies reported they initially noticed a small amount of blood in Waston’s cell while doing rounds and believed it was from a scrape on his foot.

On a later round, they noticed a "considerable amount" of blood on the floor, toilet and sink of Watson's cell and investigated, according to an incident report.

"Watson was breathing and moving but not answering our questions. The blanket was then removed from on top of Watson and we discovered what appeared to be a head wound," one deputy reported.

The incident report said deputies then discovered Watson had "pried his eye out of its socket."

Watson was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office did not give details on his condition.

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