Jury selection is expected to start this week in the trial of two former Wayne County prison guards accused of beating an inmate between Dec. 2009 and Jan. 2010.


Jury selection is expected to start this week in the trial of two former Wayne County prison guards accused of beating an inmate between Dec. 2009 and Jan. 2010.

Former corrections officer Raymond Price, of Carbondale, and former Sgt. Michael Aspinall, of White Mills, each face charges of official oppression in the beating of inmate David Adsit.

The district attorney will argue that the two former corrections officers abused Adsit on several occasions over the two-month period.

Both defendants will be tried together.

Two fellow corrections officers witnessed Aspinall and Price, on different occasions, beat Adsit with radio antennae, closed and open fists and a broomstick, according to the state police probable cause affidavit.

Charges of official oppression were thrown out against the two ex-officers last April by Magistrate Ted Mikulak, but were re-filed the following month.

During the second preliminary hearing, defense counselors Richard Henry and Paul Walker argued for the charges to be thrown out during a two-and-a-half-hour preliminary hearing last June. Mikulak held charges of official oppression over for court.

Both Price and Aspinall were terminated from their posts shortly after they were charged last April.