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Criminal complaint released on homicide inside Washington County Jail

August 25, 2021 – Washington Co., WI – The criminal complaint is posted below in connection with first degree intentional homicide charges filed against 31-year-old George Telford of North Dakota.
George Telford, washington
George Telford
Photo credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Telford has been formally charged in what appears to be an unprovoked attack that occurred Tuesday, August 17, 2021, around 1:30 p.m. inside the Washington County Jail. The victim, a 23-year-old Washington County man, succumbed to his injuries and died over the weekend.


The case remains under investigation by Washington County Sheriff investigators.
Telford faces up to life in prison without parole, if convicted and is currently being held on a $750,000 cash bond.
George Tiernoth
Telford is due back in court before Judge Sandra Giernoth on Sept. 10, 2021.
Murphy & Prachthauser


  1. How/why wasn’t anything done right away?!?! How was this punk ass able to assault this guy so badly before Correctional officers stepped in? Especially if it was all seen on surveillance!?!?! Why didn’t/couldn’t any other inmate step in to stop this heartless act?!?!? Does anyone have a heart anymore??? Anytime a didn’t broke out when I was in jail, the co’s usually stepped in pretty quick! Why didn’t any other inmate at least try to get the co’s attention?!?! As far as I knew, these dorms are always being watched!!! How does this jail let this happen?!?!? This is very sad!!!!! Dude should not have been able to have that much time to do this crusual act!!!

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