Opening statements in the trial of two former Wayne County Corrections Officers accused of beating an inmate will begin Friday in Wayne County court.


Opening statements in the trial of two former Wayne County Corrections Officers accused of beating an inmate will begin Friday in Wayne County court.

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.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Robinson will argue that the two former corrections officers abused Adsit on several occasions over a two-month period between Dec. 2009 and Jan. 2010.

Price and Aspinall will be represented by Paul Walker and Richard Henry, respectively, and both defendants will be tried together. The jury was picked at the beginning of the January trial term. 

According to the state police affidavit, two fellow corrections officers witnessed Aspinall and Price beat Adsit on several occasions with radio antennae, closed and open fists, shoes and a broomstick.

Magistrate Ted Mikulak originally threw out charges of official oppression in April, but they were re-filed by the district attorney the following month.

In June, the defense counselors argued for the charges to be thrown out during a two-and-a-half-hour preliminary hearing. 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.