Grand Jury Makes Decision About Deputy Shooting, Inmate Death

By: 10/11 News
By: 10/11 News

LINCOLN, Neb. -- On Thursday, August 21, 2014 a Lancaster County grand jury returned a no true bill in the investigation of the death of Charles E. McDaniel (dob 4-28-1933) who died on April 26. McDaniel was an inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary at the time of his death.

The autopsy was performed by Dr. Robert Bowen who concluded that, "the cause of death . . . is attributed to blunt force injury to the head. Contributing factors include amyloidosis of the heart and pancreas. Additional contributing factors include acute bronchopneumonia of both lungs. "The head injury was consistent with injuries from a fall. The injuries were not consistent with a blow inflicted with a linear object such as a cane.

McDaniel was admitted to the infirmary at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on April 22, complaining of headaches and confusion stemming from a fall. He was transported to Bryan LGH West later that day and remained there until his death.

The investigation into the death of Mr. McDaniel was conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol.

On Friday, August 22, 2014 a Lancaster County grand jury returned a no true bill in the investigation of the death Douglas D. Damoude (dob 3-30-50). Mr. Damoude was shot by members of the Lancaster County Sheriff's office when they entered his home to serve a writ of restitution. Mr. Damoude pointed a rifle directly at the sheriffs as they entered.

The deputies involved were previously cleared of any wrong doing by an internal, LSO, investigation.

The autopsy report states that the cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head.

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