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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Maryland's medical examiner has concluded a jail inmate accused of killing a police officer was strangled in his cell.
Nineteen-year-old Ronnie White was found dead in his cell in June, days after Cpl. Richard Findley was struck and dragged by a stolen truck allegedly driven by White.
A spokesman for State's Attorney Glenn Ivey says the report released Thursday found White was the victim of a homicide caused by asphyxiation by a sheet or another item. The finding agrees with a preliminary autopsy.
Ivey has said investigators would question seven corrections officers with access to White's cell. The FBI opened a civil rights investigation.
The Prince George's County Jail has had several security lapses and allegations of misconduct by guards in recent years.

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No Indictment in Death at Maryland Jail

Man was arrested in connection with an officer's death



Prince George's County Department of Corrections

Ronnie White was found dead in his jail cell June 29 -- just three days after he was arrested in connection with the murder of Prince George's County Police Sergeant Richard Findley in Laurel.



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Cpl. Richard Findley

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- A Prince Georges County Grand Jury has declined to indict anyone in the jailhouse death of accused cop killer Ronnie White, ABC 7/NewsChannel 8 has confirmed.
Sources tell ABC 7/NewsChannel 8's Brad Bell the Grand Jurors did not find sufficient evidence to bring any charges against the correctional officers who had been named as focal points of the investigation.
White was found dead in his jail cell June 29, just three days after he was arrested in connection with the murder of Prince George's County Police Sergeant Richard Findley in Laurel.
The state medical examiner ruled White's death a homicide, finding he had likely been strangled. His final report suggested the 19-year-old White had been choked either with a bed sheet or perhaps the point of an elbow.
The correctional officers have claimed all along that White's death was a suicide. One of the officers told authorities he found White hanging by his bed sheet and panicked after he tried to render aid and realized White was dead.
He has testified that he left White for another guard to find.
Even though the grand jury did not find evidence of a crime, sources say the matter is not totally closed. Prosecutors have said that if additional evidence is found a new grand jury could hear the case.

Story From: WJLA-TV
 
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