Officials complete review of prison guard’s death



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State officials are preparing to publicize the results of an investigation that examined the death of a Monroe corrections officer.

The Department of Corrections says it will release documents and discuss the review at a news conference Friday morning. A convicted rapist is accused of killing Officer Jayme Biendl in January at the chapel of the state reformatory in Monroe.

Prison officials first realized something was wrong during a prisoner had count and eventually found Byron Scherf in the chapel. He initially told prison officials that he had planned to escape. It wasn’t until later that officers returned to the chapel and found Biendl after she didn’t turn in her radio and handcuffs at the end of her shift.