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Judge dismisses federal claims related to death in custody


October 30, 2019

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A judge has dismissed all federal claims accusing authorities of culpability in the 2016 death of an Oklahoma man detained at a county jail.

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White granted a motion for summary judgment for Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier and two other jail employees last week in separate orders, the Muskogee Phoenix reported. He said there was no constitutional violation in Marvin A. Rowell's death.

The lawsuit alleges jailers forcibly moved Rowell into a restraint chair, causing him to fall and strike his head on a concrete floor.

Zachary Rowell, a...

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