A grand jury empaneled in Lincoln has ruled a prison inmate died from a fall, not from a beating by Nebraska State Penitentiary staff.
Charles McDaniel, who was 80, died at a Lincoln hospital on April 26th, four days after being found unresponsive in his cell.
An autopsy determined McDaniel died of blunt force trauma to the head. His injuries were consistent with injuries that would be sustained in a fall. The autopsy also disclosed that McDaniel had a heart and pancreas condition which might have contributed to his death.
An inmate told the Lincoln Journal Star McDaniel had been beaten with a cane.
Nebraska State Patrol officers investigated the death. State law requires grand juries investigate any death at the state prison.