Sheriff orders review following inmate’s death - FOX 13 News

Sheriff orders review following inmate’s death

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is ordering a complete review of policies and procedures following the death of a Pinellas County jail inmate.

Kelly Harding, 48, was strangled Sunday with wet toilet paper that was shoved down his throat. Authorities say he was killed by his cellmate, 28-year-old Scott Greenberg.

Greenberg was in jail for the murder of his girlfriend, whom he allegedly killed in a similar way.

Harding was initially in jail on a felony charges but those were later reduced to a misdemeanor. Gualtieri said the two men should not have been in the same cell due to their varying charges.

The review will look into how the mix-up happened. Gualtieri wants to determine if it was a processing error or if someone in the staff may also be held accountable.

"The review will result in recommendations on necessary revisions to ensure proper procedures are in place so that all misdemeanor inmates … are appropriately housed within the Pinellas County Jail," Gualtieri said in a statement. "We want to make sure that this misclassification of inmates does not happen again."

Greenberg has been charged in Harding's death; authorities say he stated that he wanted to go to death row and believe it was his motive.

Gualtieri said the review should take about 60 days and a report will be issued to the public when it is complete.

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