Judge Orders Hospital Security Officer’s Body Exhumed

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.

The body of a Cox North Hospital security guard, who was kicked in the head by a forensic patient which caused his death, will be exhumed, a Greene county judge ruled, according to KSPR News.

Judge Mike Cordonnier agreed to the request May 14, which was submitted by the lawyer of Jeffrey Bolden, the patient accused of kicking the security officer in the head.

Bolden maintains that Monte Ruby choked him when Bolden was brought to the hospital. Despite the autopsy performed on Ruby’s body before he was buried, doctors had not checked underneath the guard’s fingernails. Bolden’s attorney proposes that evidence that the victim choked Bolden would be beneath Ruby’s fingernails.

Additionally, per KSPR News, the court order granting exhumation stated that Ruby and Bolden knew each other prior to the incident.

Ruby suffered spine and brain injuries as a result of the Aug. 2 incident. He died four days later.

Bolden is charged with second degree murder for Ruby’s death. Currently, no date has been set for the exhumation of Ruby’s body.

For additional information, click here.

If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Conference promo