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Irvo Otieno: 3 Virginia hospital workers charged with murder in death of 28-year-old black man

(CNN) Three hospital employees in Virginia were arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Dinwiddie County in the death of Irvo Otieno, a 28-year-old black man who died last week at a state mental hospital. According to a press release obtained by CNN affiliate WTVR.

Charged people are coming in addition Seven sheriff’s deputies They were charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

The three federal hospital employees were Darian M. of Petersburg; Blackwell, 23; Wavey L. Jones, 34, of Chesterfield; and Satarius D. Williams, 27, of North Dinwiddie. They were arrested Thursday and are being held without bond at the Meherin River Regional Jail in Brunswick County, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said.

The death was captured on video, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskerville, who said it cannot be released to the public.

“Criminal information warrants are based on evidence collected, analyzed and evaluated to date,” Baskerville said. “A key piece of that evidence is surveillance video from a federal hospital that captures the infusion process. To maintain the integrity of the criminal justice process at this point, I cannot release the video publicly.”

CNN has reached out to the federal hospital for comment.

According to Baskerville, Otieno died March 6 at a state mental hospital after being transferred from the Henrico County Jail during the infusion.

In court on Wednesday, Baskerville said Otieno was handcuffed and leg ironed and kept on the floor by all seven deputies for 12 minutes. He said surveillance video of the incident was “very clear” and “very alarming.”

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“They beat him to death,” she said. “He died of suffocation.”

A preliminary report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond identified asphyxiation as the cause of death, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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