Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Press Release

Homicide at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex

Sent on 4/19/2017 3:45:36 PM

Today at approximately 10:00 a.m., while conducting welfare checks of inmates, corrections officers discovered 24-year-old Branden Roth with obvious signs of trauma and called for medical assistance. Jail medical staff and Tucson Fire Department personnel came to Mr. Roth’s aid; however, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives arrested Mr. Roth’s cellmate, 23-year-old King Yates, for first degree murder. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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