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Suspect in Longboat Key murders found unresponsive in his jail cell

Families fear they may never see justice
Posted: 2:01 PM, Oct 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-27 21:42:56Z

Darryl Hanna Jr. was arrested in August on charges of murder. Prosecutors believe he killed two of his coworkers, Timothy Hurley and Kevin Carter at the Zota Beach Resort on Longboat Key . Carter’s partner, Thomas Swigeart said there’s a chance the trial will never happen.

"A guard walked into his cell and found him passed out on the floor, he was brain dead from the brain stem up and he had a blood clot,” Swigeart.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said the medical issue happened around the time of Hurricane Irma.

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Prosecutors aren’t able to move forward with the criminal process while Hanna is unresponsive. A Manatee County judge will have to decide how to proceed.

"We are still suffering with this everyday, Darryl in a coma he doesn’t feel anything, it’s not giving us any closure,” said Swigeart.

Prosecutors said a defendant having a condition that could stop a trial is a very rare situation.