Guards Claim Suicide In Jailhouse “Homicide

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) — Sources familiar with the accounts of Prince George’s County Corrections officers closest to Ronnie White are claiming the maximum security inmate committed suicide inside his jail cell.

The State Medical Examiner issued preliminary findings June 30th that White’s death was a homicide due to strangulation. Since then rumors concerning suicide have abounded. But on Wednesday, informed sources confirmed to 9 News Now the officers do in fact contend White committed suicide by hanging himself inside his jail cell.

Attorney Clothilda Harvey who represents the Corrections Officers Association, refused to discuss the individual officer accounts. However, Ms. Harvey does tell 9NEWS NOW she is “confident” the on going police investigation will confirm there was “no wrong doing by any of those officers. No wrong doing.”

Furthermore, Ms. Harvey says all officers now are represented by attorneys. She adds, without discussing what their claims are, each of the primary officers in the vicinity of White’s cell, are consistent with each other in terms of what happened the morning of June 29th.

She also accuses county officials of a “rush to judgement” concerning White’s death. The night of the Medical Examiner’s preliminary findings, an angry County Executive Jack Johnson held a press conference and said “if we have vigilante justice our society will fall apart.” However he also pointed out the investigation was just getting underway by Maryland State Police.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is still working on its final autopsy report on the death of Ronnie White whose death happened less than 2 days after he had been charged with the slaying of Police Cpl. Richard Findley.

source: http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=74014

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