The 3 jail guards who were supposed to be on the block all went to get breakfast, leaving the one female deputy on duty to get Nichols out of his cell alone. She was not POST certified because she had flunked the exam 3-4 times, she was almost 60 years old, and the second-hand info I got was that she was borderline "mentally challenged." The guy who was supposed to be monitoring the video cameras was not at his post.
Needless to say the county got sued by everybody involved. I know that the county settled with the judge's widow for over $5 million, once the issue of government immunity was dealt with.