On October 12, 1994, prison guards Alex Torres and Joel Lambright were charged with murder in McCoy's death and released on $50,000 bail. Both guards were relatively new guards, hired in January and February, 1994, respectively. The prison opened in December, 1993. Andy Collins, Texas prison boss, was quoted stating that the murder charges against the guards show "we will not tolerate unnecessary force" against prisoners.
Six prisoners face charges resulting from the initial melee. Prison officials stated that additional charges were expected against as many as a dozen other guards at the prison arising out of McCoy's death and the beatings of other prisoners.
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