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Wake inmate died last month of head and neck injuries

Shon Demetrius McClain, a Wake County Jail inmate who was injured June 4 in an altercation with a guard has died, the State Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday June 18, 2013.
Shon Demetrius McClain, a Wake County Jail inmate who was injured June 4 in an altercation with a guard has died, the State Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday June 18, 2013. Wake County Sheriff's Office

An autopsy report made public Friday by state medical examiners indicated a man held on misdemeanor charges at the Wake County jail last month died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck after an altercation with a detention officer.

The N.C. State Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy stated that Shon McClain, 40, suffered fatal head and neck injuries on June 4 when witnesses said he was thrown to the floor by a prison guard.

McClain was unconscious when he was admitted to WakeMed and died 13 days later, according to the report.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation have been reviewing the incident, but the Wake County District Attorney’s Office has not yet disclosed whether the detention officer, Markeith Council, will face criminal charges as a result of the incident.

The medical examiner’s report in part corroborates claims made by McClain family attorney Jessie Jeffers about the inmate’s injuries. According to the autopsy report, McClain suffered a broken neck, spinal cord injuries and brain damage that included the swelling of blood vessels and hemorrhaging.

McClain was booked into the Wake County jail May 28 on misdemeanor charges for drinking alcohol in the bus depot at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh and failing to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia, state records show.

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