By Michael Hernandez
WASHINGTON (AA) - Two federal Bureau of Prisons jail guards who were on duty the night disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein died in his jail cell were arrested Tuesday.
The guards are expected to be charged later in the day on federal charges related to their failure to check on Espstein, the New York Times reported citing a person familiar with the matter.
Epstein was found dead hanging in his Manhattan federal jail cell Aug. 10 while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His death has sparked a number of conspiracy theories, in part, due to the its circumstances.
The guards assigned to monitor him, after he was taken off suicide watch following an earlier attempt at killing himself, say they were asleep when he died. And video cameras that were supposed to monitor his cell and hallway where people would have to pass to access the cell had malfunctioned.
The guards were supposed to check in on Epstein every half-hour. If they are charged it would mark the first criminal investigation into Epstein's mysterious death.
New York City's chief medical examiner determined Epstein died of a suicidal hanging. But Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who was hired by the Epstein family, said the autopsy discovered signs on the body that he said are more consistent with homicidal strangulation than a suicidal hanging.
"I think the evidence points more to homicide than suicide," said the famed doctor during a Fox News interview. He pointed specifically to a series of fractures on Epstein's neck he said "are very unusual for suicide."
If, in fact, Epstein was murdered, Baden said a "number of people" had to have been involved, claiming a "total breakdown in security" when Epstein died.