A Washington County Detention Center inmate who died last week was clearly identified in a lineup by a witness Thursday as the assailant of an East Tennessee State University student.
According to Detective Thomas Dillard, Stewart W. Peppers, 22, 606 Swadley Road, No. 46, was identified by Gerald C. Perea II as the man who allegedly attacked ETSU junior Haden Geiger, 21, in his apartment, leaving Geiger critically injured.
In Perea’s statement provided to Geiger’s father, he reported seeing a man shouting and cursing in the apartment complex and later leaving Haden’s apartment after the incident with large headphones and a large backpack or rucksack on. The man left with a bicycle, leaving the apartment door open. The witness reportedly called 911.
Last Thursday, Dillard asked Perea to identify Geiger’s attacker in a lineup, and Perea identified Peppers, who was one of two inmates who died in the Washington County Detention Center last week.
Tuesday evening, Joseph Geiger, Haden’s father, said his son, now stable, was moved from Johnson City Medical Center to Vanderbilt University Medical Center this week, where he had improved.
Peppers, who was found unconscious in the detention center on April 29, died while being transported to JCMC.
He had previously been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, felony vandalism, simple possession of a schedule VI drug for resale and simple possession of a schedule III drug.