Friday, September 12, 2008

LIARS!

Remember a few days ago when I posted about the Prichard inmate who was beaten to death? Well, in the first couple of articles the cops at the jail said Mr. McDevitt died after he was punched once and hit his head when he fell. The hospital says otherwise....waaaaaaaaaaaaay otherwise.

Mobile Press-Register

Frank Travis McDevitt was treated for multiple brain injuries, a skull fracture, a dislocated rib and three crushed vertebrae after an Aug. 31 altercation in the Prichard jail, according to medical information provided by the man's mother.

Officials say that those injuries, which proved to be fatal, were caused when another inmate delivered a single punch to McDevitt's face that knocked him down and caused him to hit his head.

McDevitt's mother, Marie-Reine McDevitt, said she doesn't believe her 42-year-old son's injuries could have possibly been caused by a single punch.

"I just don't know what to think. But it just doesn't seem possible," said McDevitt, who showed a reporter a description of the injuries for which her son was treated at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.


I'm with mom. It would be near impossible to get those kinds of extensive injuries from a single punch and a fall...unless you fell down a flight of stairs. No stairs have been mentioned in connection with this death (MURDER).

And another interesting thing....

The current charge against Watson (the other inmate who supposedly delivered the fatal punch) is based on evidence presented by Prichard police, who reported that McDevitt was hit only once, Tyson said.

Prichard Chief Lawrence Battiste didn't return a call to his cell phone Thursday afternoon, nor did he respond to an e-mail asking him to explain what evidence he had to support the official "one punch" account of the altercation.

Tyson said Prichard didn't present any video evidence of the altercation.


So, the cops say that there was only one punch, but presented no video evidence of that and now the chief of Police won't return phone calls or emails asking him to explain this guys injuries. Hmmmmmmm.....one can't help but wonder if the cops didn't beat the guy and then offer the other inmate some sort of special treatment or favor to take the wrap...or perhaps they enjoyed watching Mr. McDevitt get beat to death and didn't do anything to break up the fight. Either way they are complicit in this mans death and I sincerely hope they get what is coming to them.

Unpaid traffic tickets and a few misdemeanors are not deserving of the death penalty.


5 comments:

Will said...

Did they really think the "one punch" scenario would hold up? Can someone interview this Watson guy?

Loretta Nall said...

will,

they get away with lying so much they get carried away and think they can get away with lying about anything. This one is pretty shocking though. As for interviewing the Watson guy I don't know if that would be possible. I imagine he is still in jail and I don't know if they allow interviews. If they are trying to hide what happened then my guess would be that they would do anything to keep an interview from occuring.

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Loretta, the same kind of thing happened in the Autauga County Jail, if you will remember, with 19 year old inmate, Allen Cook, when he died from a viral infection, that could have been prevented. They didn't take him to the doc in time. 19 YEARS OLD!!! This inmate, Frank Travis McDevitt, did NOT have a chance. It's terrible what is happening in our prison/jail system, and the guards get by with it. The whole system is SCREWED UP. Well, maybe I can say, F***ed up.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS THE MOM OF FRANK MCDEVITT,
I APPRECIATE YOUR OBJECTIVE OPINIONS. I WILL CONTINUE TO READ YOUR COMMENTS.
WE ARE STILL TRYING TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
JUDGE DON DAVIS'S OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SCHEDULING OUR SON TO APPEAR FOR A PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING WHICH NEVER GOT SCHEDULED AFTER HE WAS PETITIONED BY US IN WRITING AT PROBATE COURT AUGUST 13.
HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE PRICHARD JAIL AS SOON AS THAT WAS DONE. NEVER DONE. CHIEF BATISTTE SAID HE NEVER GOT ANY ORDER FROM JUDGE JACKSON ABOUT THIS. HE ALSO SAID HE NEVER GOT AN ORDER FROM JUDGE JACKSON WHICH HE ORDERED AUG 6 STATING THE OUR SON SHOULD BE IN ISOLATION TILL HIS SENTENCE WAS SERVED, SEPT. 10 WHEN A REVIEW OF HIS CASE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE ( INSTEAD WE BURIED HIM THAT DAY). MAJOR WHITFIELD TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO REMOVE HIM FROM ISOLATION WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE EVER TAKEN PLACE BECAUSE OF HIS ERRATIC BEHAVIOR AND YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LOT OF CHANGES FOR THE POSITIVE TAKE PLACE.SPECIALLY SINCE OUR SON HAD TO DIE FOR SOMEONE'S NEGLIGENCE.

Loretta Nall said...

Hi Ms. McDevitt,

I am glad to have you commenting here. I extend my most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. One thing that I want to make you aware of is that your son should NEVER have been in jail for inability to pay fines/court costs on misdemeanors. An attorney by the name of Bill Dawson successfully sued Jefferson County about two years ago for locking up people charged with misdemeanors for inability to pay fines/court costs. That ruling would apply to every jail/prison in the state. You may very well have a case here on those grounds. Here is Bill Dawson's contact info if you would like to further explore that possibility.
William M. Dawson
Firm: William Monroe Dawson Jr Attorney At Law
Address: 2229 Morris Ave
Birmingham, AL 35203
Map & Directions
Phone: (205) 323-6170

I wish you all the best in finding out what really happened to your son. Please keep me informed and feel free to email me at lorettanall@gmail.com

Loretta Nall