The murder trial of a Springfield man charged with causing the death of a hospital security guard is set to get underway today in Boone County.
On August 2, 2006, Jeffrey Bolden, was taken to Cox North after a fight with his father that resulted in the man getting bit by a police dog that needed medical attention.
While he was at the hospital, Bolden allegedly became combative and was exposing himself to nurses who were assigned to take care of him.
Monte Ruby,62, who worked security for the hospital and was a reserve Springfield police officer, told co-workers that he knew Bolden's family and would try and get the man calmed down.
Somewhere between getting Bolden into a hospital gown and handcuffed, Bolden says that Ruby "choked him and that he kicked Ruby to defend himself."
Ruby was kicked in the back of the head as he turned to leave...he fell into a coma and died two days later from brain injuries.
In May of this year, Boldens attorney, Clate Baker, angered some members of Ruby's family and the general public when he asked for a court order to exhume Mr. Ruby's body so that samples from under Ruby's fingernails could be analyzed to see if they contain any of Bolden's DNA.
During Ruby’s autopsy, a Springfield police detective specifically told the Greene County medical examiner not to take scrapings from underneath the guards’ fingernails, testimony taken in deposition has shown. Baker says those scrapings could prove or disprove Bolden’s allegation that Ruby choked him.
The results of those tests have not been made public.