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Jury deliberates in Md. prison brutality case

Wednesday - 1/29/2014, 6:49pm  ET

DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A jury in Baltimore is ending its first day of deliberations in the first federal trial stemming from the severe beating of a state prison inmate in 2008.

The panel deliberated for about 90 minutes Wednesday and will return Thursday.

Suspended correctional officer Josh Hummer is accused of failing to stop several other officers from beating and kicking inmate Kenneth Davis after he allegedly punched a guard at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

His attorney says Hummer never saw the beating that left Davis with a broken nose, back and ribs.

Hummer also allegedly failed to get medical help for Davis and conspired with other officers to cover up their actions.

Twelve former officers have pleaded guilty to federal charges and two to state charges.

Davis recovered and was released in 2012.


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