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Robel was facing attempted murder charge following ultimately fatal Nov. 20 assault


KINGMAN – The state Attorney General’s office and not the Mohave County Attorney will prosecute a jail inmate who allegedly beat his cellmate so badly on Nov. 20 that the man died of head injuries suffered in the attack.


Gaven Timothy Robel, 25, of Needles, California was arrested Nov. 15. He was one of several people who were taken into custody following a joint law enforcement operation regarding an alleged opioid ring – a case the Arizona Attorney General is prosecuting. Thus, the Attorney General will prosecute on the assault, as well.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, inmate Ryan Wayne Couch, 41, of Kingman died of head injuries at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was flown by air ambulance almost immediately after the assault occurred nearly two weeks earlier, according to interim Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sue Callahan.

Couch had been arrested Nov. 2 on a probation violation. Following the assault, Robel was charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault, said Callahan.

Now that Couch has died, the Attorney General will review the facts behind the beating and could upgrade the charge to reflect some type of homicide, such as first- or second-degree murder or voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.

Callahan said it was “likely” more serious charges will be filed in light of Couch’s death.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

Gaven Timothy Robel, below, allegedly beat his Mohave County jail cellmate so brutally the man ultimately  died of his injuries. Courtesy/Mohave County jail

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