COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two corrections officers working when an Ohio death row inmate committed suicide are on paid administrative leave as the prisons department investigates what happened.
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says the officers were put on leave in accordance with standard practice in such cases.
One officer is 30 and joined the agency in September 2010. The other is 19 and has been a corrections officer since January.
They were working at the Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAWTH’-ee) Correctional Institution last weekend when 44-year-old Billy Slagle was found hanging in his cell. It happened days before Slagle’s execution date and hours before officers were to begin monitoring him around the clock.
Officers at the prison are supposed to check on inmates every 30 minutes.
Smith wouldn’t comment further on the investigation.