Widow of Corrections Officer Killed During Prison Riot Refuses to Meet With Governor

Widow of Corrections Officer Killed During Prison Riot Refuses to Meet With Governor

The widow of a corrections officer killed during an inmate uprising at Delaware’s maximum security prison is refusing to meet with Governor John Carney.

In a statement released by her attorney Wednesday, Saundra Floyd instead urged Carney to respond to demands of her family for the autopsy report on Steven Floyd and details on how he died.

“Today the governor’s office called me and asked if he could stop by this Friday to see how my family is doing. But actions speak louder than words, so my answer to that is no,” the statement read. “Just reply privately or publicly to my demand for the release of the autopsy of my husband. How did he die? Did he suffer greatly, or did he pass quickly? Was he tortured? Was he stabbed 100 times, as we have heard? Did he die in a great pool of blood, as is rumored?”

The statement, issued by attorney Thomas Neuberger, also indicated that the state is seeking reimbursement for what Neuberger described as thousands of dollars for Floyd’s funeral expenses, paid with workers compensation funds.

Last month, inmates took four correctional workers hostage at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, setting off a nearly 20-hour standoff during which Floyd was killed. The siege ended when tactical teams used a backhoe to breach the building and rescue a female counselor after two other guards had been released.

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