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Feds: Video Shows No One Entered Epstein’s Cell

Feds: Video Shows No One Entered Epstein’s Cell Photo: ABC News

Updated: November 19, 2019 06:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors say security camera footage proves Jeffrey Epstein was alone in his cell the night he killed himself.

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The 66-year-old financier’s death in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges prompted conspiracy theories from people who don’t accept the official ruling that the death was a suicide.

Prosecutors said Tuesday in announcing a case against two guards accused of falsifying records that video surveillance shows no one entered the area in which Epstein was housed.

The pathologist hired by Epstein's family to investigate his death says he’s still not convinced.

Dr. Michael Baden says he wants to know more from guards about the position of Epstein’s body when he was found.

Bureau of Prisons Director Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer says there is "no evidence to suggest” anything other than suicide.

Officers charged

Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself have been charged with falsifying prison records.

A grand jury indictment made public Tuesday accused guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas of failing to perform checks on Epstein every half hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to show they had.

Epstein was found dead in his cell in August as he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

New York City’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide.

A message left with union officials representing the guards wasn't immediately returned.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the officers were offered a plea deal by prosecutors, but declined to take it.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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