MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A fired prison guard has testified that she initially lied about a fatal inmate beating because her supervisor told her to do it.
Fired correctional officer Melissa Brown testified Wednesday in federal court that she wanted to tell the truth that she hit inmate Rocrast Mack first, but her supervisor, Lt. Michael Smith, told her to report that Mack hit her first. Mack died after being repeatedly hit by officers at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton in 2010.
Smith was the prison supervisor when the beating occurred. He is on trial in Montgomery on charges of violating Mack's rights by fatally beating him, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Brown got fired by the Department of Corrections, but she is not among the four officers charged in the beating.
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