Mistrial in St. Bernard inmate death case

Chris Miller
November 14, 2018 - 12:28 pm

A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of three St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputies facing civil rights charges in the death of an inmate, WWL-TV reports. One of the defendants, Capt. Andre Dominick shot himself last week and is in a local hospital.

Dominick, Debra Becnel, and Lisa Vacarrella are accused of violating the civil rights of Nimali Henry, who died after prosecutors say the defendants ignored her pleas for medical attention. Henry suffered from a rare blood disorder. She was found dead in a cell in April 2014.

Prosecutors had argued that since Dominick's gunshot wound was self-inflicted, he chose not to participate in the proceedings. They also argued that Henry's family has been waiting for justice for more than four years, several witnesses had cleared their schedules to be available to testify in court, and some witnesses the government planned to call have even died as the case proceeded to trial.

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