Mistrial declared following deputy's suicide attempt

The trial of three St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s deputies on charges that their negligence led to an inmate’s death has ended in a mistrial, for now.

Capt. Andre Dominick, who is being tried alongside Deputies Lisa Vaccarella and Debra Becnel, shot himself in the chest Nov. 8 in a suicide attempt. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who is overseeing the deputies’ trial in the 2014 death of Nimali Henry, declared a mistrial on Nov. 14, after The Voice had gone to press.

Dominick, Vaccarella and Becnel are accused of making no attempt to assist or retrieve prescription medication for Henry, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, for more than a week as the 19-year-old exhibited physical distress in the St. Bernard Jail. Henry died on a cell floor from a suspected blood clot. A fourth deputy, Cpl. Timothy Williams, pled guilty to civil rights charges in September and was expected to testify against his fellow deputies.



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