Former Lubbock State School employee indicted for resident's death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/27/09

Former Lubbock State School employee indicted for resident's death

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  A former Lubbock State School employee is charged with manslaughter for the death of a resident.

A Lubbock County Grand Jury has decided there is enough evidence to send 38-year-old Doneil Smith to trial for the death of state school resident Michael Nicholson. He died on June 6th in his room after a physical altercation with the staff.

Autopsy reports released in August indicated Nicholson's head and neck were hyper-flexed during the altercation meaning his head was pushed back too far. Nicholson's body also showed multiple bruises and lacerations.

Smith was fired along with five other state school employees following Nicholson's death.  A warrant for Smith's arrest will be drawn up Wednesday.

If convicted for the second degree felony Smith could face anywhere from 2 to 20 years behind bars.

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