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Wake detention officer indicted in inmate's death

Posted August 6, 2013
Updated December 10, 2013

Markeith Council

— A Wake County detention officer was indicted Tuesday on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the June 17 death of an inmate at the Wake County Detention Center.

Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after, the Wake County Sheriff's Office says, he was involved in an argument with officer Markeith Montrail Council.

Council, a detention officer at the jail since 2009, was initially placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a review by the State Bureau of Investigation and a decision on charges by the Wake County District Attorney's Office.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office said Tuesday that Council has since been suspended without pay.

McLain was in jail awaiting a court date on misdemeanor charges at the time of the June 4 assault.

According to an investigative report by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, McClain punched an unnamed prison guard in the face during the argument after the guard shoved him.

The guard then threw McClain to the ground twice, but the report says McCain appeared to be unconscious after the first throw.

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  • LastSon1981 Aug 9, 12:19 p.m.

    @ Mike Hawk my family members aren't criminals so I doubt they would get hurt assaulting officers in a jail or prison. It's more like they would become victims of the criminals you support

  • LastSon1981 Aug 9, 12:17 p.m.

    @ Mike Hawk
    Maybe the next time trouble finds you it probably won't cause I'm almost certain you're only this opinionated behind a computer screen you can go out and get some of the criminals you love so much to help instead of the leo you speak so badly about.

  • Classified Aug 9, 8:54 a.m.

    “There's cops then there's criminals then there's the public.” Django99

    Lately the cops ARE the criminals.

  • Classified Aug 9, 8:53 a.m.

    Unfortunately the public tends to side with the criminals.” Django99

    Not quite. What’s not being comprehended is that the public is siding not with the criminal but simply with the value of life. This guy was beaten to death while unconscious. What kind of rage does it take to kill an unconscious person? It’s a good thing this guy was charged before he killed someone else, who knows, maybe even a family member.

  • Classified Aug 9, 8:52 a.m.

    “The saddest part of this story is that now an officer is essentially on the other side of the law because some guy decided to be a career criminal.” Django99

    No, he’s on the other side of the law because of his own actions, you might say he succumbed to his sociopathic nature. No one but the animal inside him forced him to brutalize an unconscious man. Had this have happened ANY place other than the jail this guard would have been locked up immediately.

  • LastSon1981 Aug 8, 6:41 p.m.

    Looking back at your posts I'd say that's more true of you. You appear to be doing some serious back peddling of late.

    Mike Hawk

    Nope I've never seen it as us vs. them. There's cops then there's criminals then there's the public. Unfortunately the public tends to side with the criminals. A criminal died here honestly I don't care. I've seen his charges, did he deserve to die no. Did the officer go to far? Yes. So now that's level the playing field for the criminals because something bad happened to one.

  • Classified Aug 8, 5:16 p.m.

    "It seems like a lot of you are looking at this as us versus them and you seem to be on the wrong side." Django99

    Looking back at your posts I'd say that's more true of you. You appear to be doing some serious back peddling of late.

  • LastSon1981 Aug 8, 3:31 p.m.

    The saddest part of this story is that now an officer is essentially on the other side of the law because some guy decided to be a career criminal. Is it sad that he's is dead? Yeah I guess so I'm sure he will be missed by someone. Did he deserve to have his neck broke? No he didn't. It seems like a lot of you are looking at this as us versus them and you seem to be on the wrong side.

  • Momma2three Aug 8, 12:23 p.m.

    YES! @ Mike Hawk

  • Momma2three Aug 8, 11:04 a.m.

    I had the opportunity to meet this young man about a year ago. We were standing in line at the grocery store. The things that i remember about him is that he was very happy. Despite the fact that he looked like he didn't have much money, his outlook on life was so optimistic. Also, he was a little guy. He was kind of short, and thin. Looking at the pictures, the detention officer had a tremendous advantage over this man. Wasn't he in jail for drinking on public property?! He wasn't a murderer. I think the DO used excessive force, and should be held responsible!

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