WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Three Miami-Dade corrections officers have found themselves on the other side of the law accused of murdering a county inmate.
Florida Department of Law enforcement officials announced on Thursday that charges have been brought against Ronald Connor, Christopher Rollon and Kirk Walton after the results of their months-long investigation at Dade Correctional Institution in South Florida City.
Corrections officers face charges of second-degree murder, cruel treatment of a detainee, and abuse of an elderly person.
In February, investigators said the inmate threw urine at the officer. Correctional officers handcuffed the inmate and began beating him.
The FDLE said the inmate was so badly beaten that he could not walk. It was transferred to a transport truck to be transported to another facility.
Hours and hundreds of miles later, investigators said, the inmate was discovered dead and alone in the back of the truck.
The Miami Herald reported that the victim was 60-year-old Ronald Ingram.
In a statement, an FDLE spokesperson wrote, “The coroner determined that death resulted from a perforation of the lung resulting in internal bleeding. In addition, the inmate had injuries to his face and torso consistent with beatings.”
Connor and Rollon Walton were booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Thursday.
Miami-Dade District Attorney Catherine Fernandez Randle released a statement that said in part, “Individuals sentenced to prison by our criminal courts have lost their liberty but not their basic rights. Inmates should not be subject to forms of ‘back alley’ justice.”
This is not the first time that Dade Correctional Facility has been the center of an investigation into the death of a detainee. In 2012, Darren Rainey died after guards at Dade Correctional Facility put him in a bathroom and locked him there under hot water for hours as punishment. The 50-year-old mentally ill inmate passed away.
FDLE officials said they spent more than 1,700 hours investigating the case and conducted dozens of interviews.
Fernandez Randle is scheduled to discuss the corrections officers’ detention and investigation during a news conference Friday.
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