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Prosecutors say no crime was committed in scalding death of Miami inmate



The corrections officers who locked a schizophrenic man in a shower for nearly two hours — a shower that some inmates say was used as a means to punish unruly prisoners with blistering hot water — committed no crime, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle announced Friday.

The state attorney’s two-year investigation into the June 23, 2012, death of Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution concluded that the officers — Sgt. John Fan Fan, Cornelius Thompson, Ronald Clarke and Edwina Williams — did not act with premeditation, malice, recklessness, ill-will, hatred or evil intent when they herded Rainey into the shower.

“The shower was itself neither dangerous nor unsafe,’’ the report concluded. “The evidence does not show that Rainey’s well-being was grossly disregarded by the correctional staff.’’ Story by Julie K. Brown here.


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