Tri-County jail inmate dies following assault

MECHANICSBURG — An inmate at the Tri-County Jail died early Friday after he was injured during a fight at the facility here.

David Piersol, 39, of Union County, was assaulted while he was in the general housing unit of the jail late last week, according to information from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. Piersol died at Miami Valley Hospital.

Matt Melvin, Champaign County Sheriff, said his office is investigating the incident.

Piersol was facing charges that included rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery involving a three-year-old girl. He was arrested in February and was in jail awaiting trial.