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Gregg County Jail inmate death lawsuit goes to court as mediation fails

Gregg County Jail inmate death lawsuit goes to court as mediation fails
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POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 6:14pm

A federal lawsuit arising from the death of a Gregg County Jail inmate is set for trial after mediation efforts ordered by the court failed to resolve the case brought by her family.

Amy Lynn Cowling was 33 when she died in jail custody Dec. 29, 2010.

Her mother, Vicki Bankhead, and two other family members say the county is responsible for Cowling’s death because of a jail policy to withhold prescribed medicines and limit those that can be prescribed by the county’s health authority.

Cowling family attorney Jimmy Negem said Friday that discussions among the parties and mediator Bert Pluymen had not worked out.

“And we are completing the depositions in the case,” Negem added. “I took (Sheriff) Maxey Cerliano’s deposition (Thursday). And we’re going to complete discovery and go to trial in the case.”

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