Federal trial opens in 2008 inmate beating

BALTIMORE - A suspended Maryland correctional officer faces trial on federal charges stemming from the beating of an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in 2008.

Jury selection for Sgt. Josh Hummer's trial begins Thursday in Baltimore after a two-day weather delay. Hummer denies allegations he failed to stop the assault on Kenneth Davis, ignored his serious injuries and obstructed the investigation.

Twelve others have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other offenses. Two more await trial.

Davis suffered a broken nose and fractures in his back and ribs from a beating meant to punish him for scuffling with a guard.

Nine Roxbury officers were charged in state court but just two were convicted. They defied what one called "the brotherhood of silence" by turning state's evidence.

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