NEW YORK: New York Metropolis’s chief health worker decided on Friday that suicide by hanging was the reason for demise for financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose physique was discovered six days in the past in a Manhattan jail cell whereas awaiting trial on human trafficking expenses.
The sparely worded official announcement detailing the post-mortem conclusions rebutted a number of conspiracy theories – together with one promoted by President Donald Trump – that had circulated on social media concerning the demise of the well-connected former cash supervisor.
Epstein’s legal professionals stated they had been “not happy” with the health worker’s conclusions and deliberate to hold out their very own investigation, looking for jail movies taken across the time of his demise.
Epstein, 66, was discovered unresponsive on Saturday in his cell on the Metropolitan Correctional Middle (MCC), triggering investigations into the circumstances of his demise. He was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not responsible to federal expenses of human trafficking involving dozens of underage women as younger as 14.
Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson stated her dedication of the reason for demise got here after a “cautious evaluation of all investigative info, together with full post-mortem findings.”
“Trigger: Hanging. Method: Suicide,” the assertion stated, with out offering supporting particulars for Sampson’s findings.
Particulars of the findings had been leaking into the information media over the previous few days. Two legislation enforcement sources instructed Reuters on Thursday that Epstein’s neck had been damaged in a number of locations, confirming a Washington Submit report that to some had raised questions on attainable foul play.
Epstein had been on suicide watch on the jail however was taken off previous to his demise, a supply who was not approved to talk on the matter stated beforehand. On the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners each 30 minutes, however that process was not adopted, the supply added.
“It’s indeniable that the authorities violated their very own protocols,” Epstein’s legal professionals Martin Weinberg, Reid Weingarten and Michael Miller stated in an announcement, describing situations within the space he was held as, “harsh, even mediaeval.”