Death of Mentally Ill Rikers Island Inmate Ruled a Homicide

A sign of Rikers Island, where IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be held, is pictured in Queens, New York on May 16, 2011. A New York judge denied IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn bail on Monday, despite an offer from his defense team to put up $1 million in cash and surrender all his travel documents. The judge ordered the IMF chief detained, two days after he was pulled off a plane and accused of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel chambermaid. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday evening, the city medical examiner's office announced that 39-year-old Bradley Ballard died from diabetic ketoacidosis, which is caused by lack of insulin, and the situation is now being treated as a murder. Ballard, who had been diagnosed with diabetes and schizophrenia, was found naked, unresponsive, and covered in feces last September, having been locked alone in his prison cell for seven days. He was deprived of his medication for much of that time.