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Medical Examiner: Slain Delaware Prison Officer Could Have Been Saved

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The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Photo: WBOC) The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The chief medical examiner of Delaware says quicker medical attention likely would've saved a correctional officer killed during last year's violent riot at the state's maximum-security prison.           

Dr. Gary Collins autopsied 47-year-old Lt. Steven Floyd and testified Thursday at a jury hearing of the men charged with first-degree murder in the February 2017 uprising.           

Collins says Floyd bled to death from superficial wounds probably six to eight hours before he was found by authorities, who breached the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna more than 15 hours into the riot.           

Floyd's family alleged that he could've been saved if the Department of Corrections emergency team was allowed to start a rescue. Their lawsuit said the rescue attempt had been overruled by Gov. John Carney. His administration denied that and their lawsuit was settled.

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