Sirens & Gavels

Jailer fired after inmate lies dead for hours

A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it.

The deputy, Kenneth Downey, is one of four who were implicated in the Nov. 11 incident, in which an inmate lay dead in his cell for eight hours before his death from natural causes was discovered.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said an autopsy revealed that 59-year-old Fredrick James Juhnke had been dead about 8 hours before deputies discovered his death when they came to serve his dinner about 5 p.m.

Read the rest of John Craig's story here.




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