An autopsy report says a 19-year-old inmate who died in June after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Prince George’s County jail in Maryland was strangled, possibly with a sheet, a towel or the “crux of the elbow,” reports the Washington Post. The report, delivered yesterday to investigators, confirms an initial finding that the death of Ronnie L. White, less than two days after he was charged in the slaying of a county police officer, was a homicide. White was assaulted and suffered a broken bone in his neck, says the report.
Even so, the report did not appear to settle a dispute that has raged since soon after White’s death June 29, when County Executive Jack B. Johnson publicly cast suspicion on corrections officers, and the guards’ union insisted that White’s death was a suicide. State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey appeared to regard the issue as unresolved yesterday, saying of the possibility of suicide, “we haven’t ruled out — or in — anything from that perspective.” Ivey said the report, along with the findings of the police investigation, would be presented to a grand jury. He stopped short of saying he would seek an indictment.