Judge: No evidence of conspiracy to assault late inmate
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a U.S. District judge has ruled in favor of his county in a lawsuit alleging a former jailer conspired with inmates in an assault on another man in jail who was found dead the same day.
The Natchez Democrat quotes Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten in a Thursday report as saying the case regarding 32-year-old Joseph Sturdivant concluded Tuesday.
Sturdivant’s family sued the county and sheriff’s office after he was found dead in March 2016, hanging by a noose apparently tied with bed sheets. A preliminary autopsy at the time, prior to the family’s lawsuit, ruled his death a suicide.
The suit alleged the ex-jailer conspired with four inmates to allow them entry to Sturdivant’s cell, and that the county failed to protect him. The judge ruled no evidence supported the allegations.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/