MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Three former Alabama Corrections Officers are now charged with federal civil rights violations for their alleged role in the beating death of an inmate. A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against the men Monday.
The suspects are identified as Michael Smith, 37, Matthew Davidson, 43, and Joseph Sanders, 31 – all former corrections officers at the Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton. Agents of the FBI and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested all three defendants Monday morning.
The grand jury's indictment alleges that the officers participated in the beating of an inmate that resulted in the inmate's death. It also accuses the men of conspiracy to cover up the act.
Defendants Davidson and Sanders are charged with assaulting the victim, which resulted in bodily injury to the victim. Smith is also charged with assaulting the victim, which resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of, the victim.
The charges are related to the August 4, 2010 beating and death of Rocrast Mack, an inmate at the Clayton facility. FULL STORY