Prosecutors said footage of the outside of Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell from the night he tried to commit suicide is missing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Swergold said during a hearing in White Plains District Court on Wednesday that no one is able to locate the surveillance camera video from July 22 and 23, the New York Daily News reported.
The revelation was confirmed by a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and the lawyer for Nick Tartaglione, Epstein’s cell mate at the time of his death.
“It is on the surface troubling,” Bruce Barket, Tartaglione’s attorney, told the Daily News. “I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve found out more details.”
Tartaglione, who told authorities in July that he rescued Epstein from hanging himself, aims to use the footage as evidence of his good character.
Tartaglione, a former police officer, is charged with murdering four people.
According to the New York City medical examiner, Epstein hanged himself on Aug. 10 in a cell where he was being held alone. But experts, including a former medical examiner hired by Epstein’s brother to observe his autopsy, have questioned that finding. Many observers have speculated that he was killed by someone who wanted to keep him quiet.
Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died in his New York jail cell were reportedly taken into custody in November on federal charges related to their alleged failure to check on him.
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