Damages sought for Oklahoma inmate's death despite pleas


January 30, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against a northeastern Oklahoma county, its sheriff, former sheriff, jailers, nurse and others alleges an inmate was allowed to die despite repeated pleas for help that were captured on jail videotape.

The lawsuit filed in 2017 by the estate of Terral Ellis Jr. and Ellis' parents alleges the Ottawa County jail's nurse and staff ignored or disregarded Ellis' pleas for days until finding him unconscious on Oct. 22, 2015, when he was taken to a hospital where he died of sepsis and pneumonia.

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