Trial to begin for prison guards accused of assault

A federal trial is set to begin Monday for six current or former Macon State Prison employees accused in an alleged conspiracy to violate inmates’ civil rights.

Then-correctional officers Tyler Griffin, Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach Jr., Delton Rushin and Derrick Wimbush — members of the prison’s Correctional Emergency Response Team — allegedly assaulted inmates to punish them for having previously assaulted other prison guards, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

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