DA reviewing whether to pursue charges against officer in Wake inmate's death
Posted July 25, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Thursday that he's still reviewing a State Bureau of Investigation report to determine whether charges should be filed against a detention officer after an inmate died.
Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, was at the Wake County Detention Center on June 4 awaiting a court date on misdemeanor charges when, authorities said, he was involved in an altercation with officer Markeith Council.
McClain died 13 days later from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to an autopsy report.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has said that Council, who has been a detention officer at the jail since 2009, was defending himself.
Council was also injured but has since recovered and is on administrative duty at the jail.
Willoughby said the SBI submitted its findings last week and that he is still in the process of determining whether the case warrants charges or further investigation.
"We get a few cases from the department of corrections where an assault is alleged by an inmate against a correctional officer, but it's rare that we get one in which someone's been killed," Willoughby said.