3 ex-Central Texas jailers indicted after inmate death

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WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas grand jury has indicted three former jailers accused of lying about conducting required prisoner counts before an inmate’s death.

The ex-Jack Harwell Detention Center workers were indicted Wednesday on charges of tampering with government records.

Prosecutors say records were falsified indicating the guards properly checked on Michael Angelo Martinez. He was found unresponsive Nov. 1 in his cell in a death ruled suicide. Martinez was jailed on gun and drug charges, plus a federal retainer.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Michael Wayne Crittenden, Milton Edward Walker and Christopher David Simpson. All worked for LaSalle Corrections, which operates the private jail.

Attorneys for Walker and Simpson declined comment. Court records did not list an attorney for Crittenden, who also wasn’t listed in public telephone records.

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