Federal trial opens in 2008 Md. inmate's beating

A former Maryland correctional officer is heading for trial on federal charges stemming from the beating of an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in 2008.

Jury selection for Josh Hummer's trial begins Tuesday in Baltimore. The former sergeant denies allegations he failed to stop the assault on Kenneth Davis, ignored his serious injuries and obstructed the investigation.

Twelve other defendants 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 that was systematically delivered as punishment after he scuffled with a guard.

Nine Roxbury officers were charged in state court. But the only two convicted were those who defied what one called "the brotherhood of silence" by turning state's evidence.

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