By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
Sep. 29, 2005 - Four guards at a privately run jail have been indicted on reckless homicide charges accusing them of beating a female inmate to death.
The indictment issued this week also charges the four guards with aggravated assault against Estelle Richardson, 34, who died in 2004. A medical examiner determined that she died of a skull fracture and had broken ribs and a damaged liver.
Corrections Corporation of America, which employs the four guards, said it has cooperated fully with the investigation. It said the four guards have been on administrative leave since Richardson's death.
CCA is the largest for-profit prison operator in the United States and runs the Metro Nashville Detention Facility under a contract with the city and the county.
A police investigation found that the guards used excessive force on Richardson the day before she died. The guards acknowledged there was an altercation but said no excessive force was used.
CCA records show Richardson was separated from other inmates because she had fought with others. The records listed her as mentally deficient.