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Charge rejected for jail guard on duty during teen suicide

8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 May 24, 2018 12:52 PM May 24, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: WWL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge has thrown out the criminal charge filed against a guard on duty when a 15-year-old killed himself in the New Orleans jail.
  
Twenty-seven-year-old Keriana Alexcee was arrested last year on a malfeasance charge.
  
An affidavit alleged she failed to make required security checks every 15 minutes the night Jaquin (jah-KWAHN') Thomas hanged himself with a mattress cover. Thomas was being held on a murder charge when he died in October 2016.
  
Judge Camille Buras threw out the charge Wednesday, a month after a hearing where a jail official testified that Alexcee had never been sworn in as a deputy, and hadn't been trained for work on the jail's youth tier.
  
Prosecutors plan to appeal. A defense attorney says Alexcee was unfairly blamed for systemic problems at the jail.

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