The panel features a group-release button that, in TGKs normal dorm-style housing units, allows for quick head counts of inmates. However, in a maximum-security, one-person-per-cell setting, the feature is not needed, since inmates are not allowed to interact in a common area.
But in an earlier incident, on May 20, the group-release feature was mysteriously activated. Officers on duty insisted no one pressed the button. No inmate brawls broke out that time.
In response, technicians added an extra feature after the button is pressed once, officers must confirm on a second prompt that they indeed want all the cell doors to open, according to corrections brass.
Nevertheless, on the night of June 13, the doors opened again. Again, officers said no one pressed the button. They said the control panel lighting stopped at the moment of the malfunction.
A review of the internal computer showed the cause as operator error, according to corrections.
The group release gaffe has only happened in K-81, Ryan, the director, acknowledged Monday.
Attacked was Williams, who is well-known to law enforcement: He and his twin brother run the violent New Moneii gang, which deals dope in part of Liberty Citys Annie Coleman housing projects, known as The Rockies, police say.
The twins are believed to have ordered the December 2008 hit of a rival, though they have never been charged in that case. In the shooting, one of the gunmen killed a 10-month-old baby, who was struck by a bullet while perched in his fathers lap. Two teenage gunmen were convicted at trial of the boys murder.
Williams and his brother were arrested after they were accused of threatening the prosecutions key witness, who outlined how the drug operation worked and the murder unfolded.
Williams is set for trial next week on the witness tampering charge.
Corrections officers identified the attackers as Junior Pascal, Jay Stubbs, Quincy Taylor and Richard Holt.
Williams lawyer, J.C. Dugue, said that most corrections officers are good, hard-working but its hard to imagine someone on the inside was not involved in helping facilitate the attack.
I cannot believe that someone would be that stupid to put their jobs or their liberty on the line to allow that nonsense, Dugue said.