WILKES-BARRE — Inmate Nathaniel Adderly demanded his jail cell be cleaned, but it wasn’t the right time to ask, Luzerne County Correctional Officer Kristopher Renfer testified Thursday at a preliminary hearing on charges Adderly started a fight with two officers.
Renfer suffered a dislocated hip and shoulder, and Correctional Officer Charles Schrader suffered a concussion during the alleged struggle with Adderly on Oct. 10.
After 45 minutes of testimony, Senior District Judge Thomas Sharkey said prosecutors established a case against Adderly, who will face two counts of aggravated assault in county court.
Adderly, 40, is serving a three-to-six-year state prison sentence. A county jury convicted him of violating the state’s Megan’s Law registration requirements, according to court records. He was found guilty of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, court records state. He is subject to lifetime registration.
Renfer testified inmates on C-Block were lining up to go outside on Oct. 10. Prison regulations prohibit inmates from talking when they line up and walk outside, he said.
Adderly came out of his cell and was last in line, Renfer said. Adderly approached the correctional officer’s block desk and demanded his jail cell be cleaned, Renfer said. He directed Adderly to back up and stop talking, he said.
“He stepped closer to the desk, took a boxer’s stance and said, ‘I will (expletive) you up,’ ” Renfer said. He said he pushed a distress button.
When Adderly saw other correctional officers entering C-Block, he allegedly turned to Renfer and said, “It’s on now, mother (expletive),” then lunged at Renfer. Renfer said he fell to the floor as Schrader and another correctional officer struggled with Adderly.
Schrader said he suffered a concussion when his head struck a concrete wall.
“It was a violent struggle,” Renfer said.
Adderly is scheduled to be formally arraigned on Oct. 11 in county court.