2 correctional officers face charges in Jeffrey Epstein death

The two guards who were on duty the night Epstein died by suicide were indicted for allegedly ignoring mandatory welfare checks on the financier and falsified records to cover it up.
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remorse. Now to that major new development in the Jeffrey Epstein case. Two correctional officers who were supposed to be watching him the morning of his death are now facing charges. Eva pilgrim is here with the story. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning. There are cameras in the hallways of that jail. Cameras that are now shedding light on what happened that night and this morning, the two guards accused of not doing their jobs now fighting back. The two guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide seen here leaving court with their attorneys indicted for allegedly ignoring mandatory welfare checks on the financier and falsifying records to cover it up. We believe that when all the evidence is presented about how the system was ran and how there was -- they were severely shortstaffed at all times, maybe you'll have a different appreciation for what was going Reporter: Prosecutors say Tova Noelle and Michael Thomas repeatedly failed to conduct mandated 30-minute inmate checks on the disgraced millionaire who was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges allegedly browsing the internet looking at furniture and motorcycles and even sleeping at their desks just 15 feet away from Epstein's cell instead of making rounds. Prosecutors accusing the guards of falsifying jail records to make it look like they had. Thomas allegedly telling a supervisor, we messed up. Prosecutors allege Epstein who had been removed from suicide watch less than three weeks earlier was left alone in his cell for eight hours before he was found just after 6:30 in the morning with a noose around his on Tuesday, the new director of the bureau of prisons grilled about Epstein's death telling the senate judiciary committee there is no evidence to suggest Epstein died by anything but suicide. Do you concur with the opinion that it was a suicide? That was the finding of the coroner, sir. Do you have any evidence to suggest otherwise. I do not. Reporter: And according to "The New York Times" lawyers for one of those guards saying the two are being treated as scapegoats instead of addressing systemic failures at the bureau of prisons. Those guards have entered not guilty pleas expected back in court on December 11th. Okay. Thanks, Eva.

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