I was disgusted as I read the series of articles in the Miami Herald detailing the circumstances of inmate Darren Rainey’s death in a prison shower, and perplexed that the autopsy report took three years to be completed.
Like many other unsavory subjects, Rainey’s death was kept quiet until the Herald shone a light on it. I was extremely disappointed when the autopsy report listed the cause of death as “accident,” especially given the paramedic’s report (listing second and third degree burns), and a fellow inmate’s testimony that Rainey had been put in a rigged shower as a punishment.
When State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle decided to accept the medical examiner’s conclusion, and not pursue charges against the officers involved, I was flabbergasted. Yet, nothing prepared me for the graphic photographs of Rainey’s body pin Sunday’s paper.
Rainey was cremated — at prison official’s insistence; there’s now no way to obtain forensic evidence to disprove ME Lew’s conclusion of an accidental death.
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I’m not quite sure how ME Lew or Ms. Rundle sleep at night, given all the evidence points to the cause of death being a homicide. As for Darren Rainey, I hope he rests in peace.
Gina Guilford, Miami