Richard Eckerson was about to get out of a Miami jail on bond after being accused of misdemeanor domestic battery, but instead, he allegedly jumped to his death, while handcuffed.
He fell from the second story of a quad area inside the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center late last week, according to his family.
Even though he was scheduled to get out that day, corrections authorities told relatives that Eckerson was a suicide risk and appeared to have climbed over a railing and leaped to his death, reported The Miami Herald.
Eckerson’s attorney does not believe the story that officials are shoveling.
“He was getting out that day. Something is not right there,” his defense lawyer Rick Yabor said on Wednesday. “He had never claimed he wanted to commit suicide. He has no psychological issues as far as I know. This was a total shock to the family.”
The Miami-Dade Corrections department declined to comment.
Miami-Dade police detectives are investigating the second alleged suicide at TGK in the past 2 months.
On Sept. 7, a convicted killer named Lazaro Romero died at the same West Miami-Dade jail in a suspected suicide. 2 months later, his case is still under investigation, according to The Miami Herald.
Romero had just been convicted of murdering a former friend over the ownership of prized racing pigeons. He had yet to be sentenced.
As for Eckerson, the 48-year-old landscaper was charged with battering his wife and son. His attorney said the two did not want to press charges, and he expected Eckerson to get the charges dismissed.
The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner has yet to rule on a cause and manner of death.
(Article By James Carter)