Surveillance footage from outside the cell of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center during his alleged suicide attempt has disappeared.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Swergold admitted Wednesday, Dec. 18, that no one can find the footage from outside the cell that the 66-year-old billionaire shared with quadruple murder defendant Nick Tartaglione, the New York Daily News reported.
Swergold’s statement was given at a hearing in White Plains District Court.
Tartaglione, a former cop from Briarcliff Manor, faces the death penalty for the alleged murders in a drug deal gone wrong.
Bruce Barket, Tartaglione’s attorney, confirmed the stunning revelation that the footage was not preserved.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
Tartaglione’s lawyers had filed a request to have the footage preserved two days after Epstein’s alleged failed suicide attempt on July 23, Barket said.
“It is on the surface troubling,” said Barket, adding, “I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve found out more details.”
Judge Kenneth Karas has asked the government to thoroughly investigate what happened to the recording.
The Daily News had previously reported that Tartaglione claimed to have saved Epstein’s life after the pedophile tried to hang himself.
However, according to media reports, Epstein had claimed that Tartaglione attacked him.
“Nick acted appropriately and admirably,” Barket said in a dialogue with the New York Daily News.
The video is relevant to Tartaglione’s defense because it may be potential evidence of the former cop’s good character.
Should Tartaglione be found guilty and reach the death penalty stage, Epstein’s incident could be evidence of why he does not deserve to die.
Epstein was found dead in a different cell two weeks later while awaiting trial for child sex trafficking. His body was discovered on Aug. 10.
The billionaire’s death has sparked a lot of speculation as his testimony may have revealed the names of relevant people involved in the sex trafficking case.
In fact, Bill and Hillary Clinton stayed for many years at Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico. Bill Clinton even flew on Epstein’s planes dozens of times.
It has also been revealed that the images captured outside the cell where his death occurred are unusable.
Two correctional officers have already been charged with negligence of duty and falsification of records on the night of Epstein’s death.
Barket said Tartaglione has yet to be questioned about the Epstein’s suicide.