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Autopsy Labels Jail Death a Homicide

POSTED: 10:18 AM ET, 09/19/2008 by The Editors

The controversy over the death of a 19-year-old inmate in the Prince George's County jail continues, despite a medical examiner's report delivered yesterday declaring the death a homicide, the Post's Aaron C. Davis reports.

Ronnie L. White died in June, less than two days after he had been charged with killing a county police officer. At the time, County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) cast suspicion on corrections officers and asked the FBI and the state police to investigate.

An attorney for the Correctional Officers Association said yesterday that guards have told investigators that they found White in a "hanging, suspended" position, but his body was moved to administer medical help. But Assistant Medical Examiner J. Laron Locke suggested that White's injuries were not consistent with hanging.

State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said the autopsy report and the findings of the police investigation would be presented to a grand jury. "We're going to remain open to all possibilities," he said.

The Post earlier reported that more than a dozen guards at the jail have had run-ins with the law and that 16 inmates have died while in custody in recent years.

By The Editors |  September 19, 2008; 10:18 AM ET D.C. Region
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WOW!! These people need to be investigated ASAP and clean out that department. Also, make all involved accountable. Put them in prison so they mingle with riff raft like them!!!

Posted by: ronnie | September 19, 2008 11:08 AM

It looks suspicious and of course maybe it wasn't the guards. Maybe the guards let some police officers in the cell to settle the score. Any which way, it's scary to think about.

Posted by: Steve | September 19, 2008 11:47 AM

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