Trials set for 2 former Alabama prison employees


By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has set trials in June and July for two former state prison employees accused in the beating death of an inmate.


Former corrections Lt. Michael Smith and former correctional officer Joseph Sanders had originally been set for trial together in June, but U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson recently granted a request by both men that they be tried separately. The judge scheduled Smith's trial to start June 12 and Sanders' trial to start July 1, with both in Montgomery.


They are among four former prison employees indicted in the 2010 beating death of inmate Rocrast Mack at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton. Two defendants, Matthew Davidson and Scottie Glenn, have already pleaded guilty to violating Mack's civil rights and conspiring to cover up how he died.

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