Lawyers: 2nd US inmate scheduled to be executed has COVID-19
CHICAGO – A second federal inmate scheduled to be put to death next month in a series of executions by the Trump administration has tested positive for COVID-19, his lawyers said Friday. Johnson’s lawyers, Donald Salzman and Ronald Tabak, called on federal authorities to strike their client’s current execution date of Jan. 14. It has executed more people in a single year than any other administration in more than 130 years. The Bureau of Prisons confirmed in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that inmates held on federal death row — known as the Special Confinement Unit — have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, there were more than 300 inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at FCC Terre Haute.
Ingham County Sheriff’s deputies searching for inmate who escaped from jail cell
INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. – Deputies from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office are looking for an inmate that escaped from his cell. Michael David McKerchie has been in jail since Sept. 21. He’s also accused of reckless driving causing serious impairment, failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing serious impairment, resisting arrest and assaulting police. His bond for those charges was $250,000 and he has a no-bond hold out of Calhoun County. READ: Local crime coverageMichael David McKerchie (Ingham County Sheriff's Office)
Lawsuit claims man’s death in Oakland County Jail was avoidable
PONTIAC, Mich. – New video footage from inside the Oakland County Jail captured disturbing footage of a man in distress before he died. Video from the traffic stop captured deputies looking in Terrance Vaughn’s mouth before taking him to the Oakland County Jail. The family filed a civil rights lawsuit against the deputies, the jail staff and Oakland County based on what happened next. “It spoke volumes that there wasn’t a lot of care there for his life,” Jada Vaughn said. Oakland County officials said they will fight the lawsuit in court.
Inmate dies from suicide at Oakland County Jail
PONTIAC, Mich. – An inmate at the Oakland County Jail was found unresponsive by deputies after strangling himself in his cell on Saturday afternoon. Upon noticing the inmate was unresponsive, deputies entered the cell and discovered a blanket attached to the man’s feet and tied around his neck as a ligature, police said. Officials say the deputies conducted CPR and used an automated external defibrillator on the inmate and were able to obtain a pulse. The inmate was then transported to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital where he was placed on life support and listed in critical condition, officials said. The case is being investigated by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit.