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Lawsuit eyed in death of Gregg County Jail inmate

Lawsuit eyed in death of Gregg County Jail inmate

POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 11:01am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 4:20pm

The mother of a man who died this past week in Gregg County Jail custody has hired the attorney who successfully sued the county in the 2010 death of another inmate.

Jarom Tefteller, hired by Betty Madewell to represent her and and her son’s estate, said Monday his first task would be finding out more about what happened to Bobby Madewell. Officials have said Madewell died early Thursday at Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he was taken after jail staff subdued him with a stun gun.

“We need to get more information before we start accusing anyone,” Tefteller said. “If that leads me to believe they did something wrong, I don’t have a problem going to federal court and taking this case to a jury.”

Tefteller was prepared to do that when he represented the family of Amy Lynn Cowling in a wrongful death lawsuit against Gregg County, which ended ended earlier this year with a $1.9 million out-of-court settlement. That lawsuit claimed Cowling died after being denied prescription medicines, including Xanax.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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I wish you good luck with this lawsuit. However, it would be MUCH better if these brutes were "personally" brought to justice. It seems to me that a lot of deaths occur in E. Texas jails; by negligent care or worse. From what I have seen and experienced, abuse and violence seems more common than negligence. I hope our new Sheriff in Smith County can weed out the criminals in our local law enforcement ranks. It is about time.

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