Authorities leading the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s death at a Manhattan jail this month are sending two cameras that were positioned outside of his jail cell to the FBI for further analysis, the New York Post reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, sources told the Washington Post that at least one camera positioned near Epstein’s cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center did not have usable footage from the hours he is believed to have hanged himself. Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 6 a.m. on August 10, and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Although protocol reportedly required that guards check on Epstein’s cell every 30 minutes, no guards had checked on him for three hours before he was found unresponsive.
The New York Post now reports that two cameras outside of Epstein’s cell were malfunctioning at the time of his reported hanging, and that both of those cameras will be sent to the FBI crime lab for examination. It is unclear at this time if the cameras were temporarily malfunctioning or if there were ongoing issues with cameras at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
According to the Washington Post report earlier this week, there was clear footage captured in the area near his cell by one or more cameras, but it is unclear where they were positioned.
On August 16, just under a week after Epstein’s death, the New York City chief medical examiner ruled that Epstein died of suicide by hanging, but Epstein’s lawyers have challenged that claim and said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press that they would be seeking footage from surveillance cameras in the area of his cell. According to multiple reports, there were no cameras trained directly into Epstein’s cell at the time of his death.
Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges at the time of his death. He reportedly finalized his will only two days before he died, when he placed over half a billion dollars worth of assets into a trust that may pose an obstacle for scores of accusers seeking damages for alleged sexual abuse.
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