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Fayette inmate charged with delivering fatal punch

A state prison inmate serving a third-degree murder sentence is accused of delivering a punch that killed a fellow prisoner last year in Fayette County.

Daysean Wykee Brock, 31, of Philadelphia allegedly punched John Steckley, 51, of Philadelphia at the Luzerne Township prison June 18, according to a criminal complaint filed last week. Steckley died at a Pittsburgh hospital June 26, according to state police. His death was ruled a homicide as a result of blunt-impact injury to the head, police said in the complaint.

A witness told investigators that an inmate slapped Steckley during an argument over money. Brock then “blindside punched him hard,” and Steckley fell to the ground and hit his head, the witness said.

The victim lay there for a “long time” before other inmates helped him to his cell, where he began coughing up blood and vomiting, the witness told police. He was unresponsive when corrections officers checked on him and was taken to a hospital.

Steckley was serving a 10- to 22-year sentence for robbery and aggravated assault in Philadelphia.

Brock is at a state prison in Huntindgon County. He is serving a 22 12– to 45-year sentence for third-degree murder and robbery in Philadelphia in 2012.

Brock denied involvement in Steckley’s death, telling state police that he was on the phone at the time. Police have surveillance video of the attack.

Brock is charged with homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.


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