MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a prison supervisor hit, kicked and stomped an inmate and then lied to cover it up when the inmate died.
In closing arguments Monday, prosecutor Jerusha Adams said former Ventress Correctional Facility supervisor Michael Smith repeatedly hit inmate Rocrast Mack even though he was not fighting back.
Defense attorney Christine Freeman says inmates were crowded at prison windows to see what was happening and were yelling. She says Smith did his job by maintaining order in the overcrowded prison in Clayton.
Smith is charged with violating Mack's rights, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. If convicted he faces up to life in prison. Two former correctional officers have pleaded guilty to participating in the event on Aug. 4, 2010. Mack died the next morning at a Montgomery hospital.