POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:27am
The death Monday night of a prisoner in the Gregg County Jail was the latest crisis facing the department of Sheriff Maxey Cerliano.
But now, there’s a new one.
It’s a lawsuit.
30-year-old Micah Garner was in the Gregg County Jail for unauthorized use of a vehicle and forgery.
He had been there before…23 times. A history of heroin use and run-ins with the law had plagued the young man, who was on methadone to deal with his addictions. The jail would not let him take it.
Monday night, he died.
Just 6 months ago, Amy Cowling, also on methadone, was denied her medications and died of seizures.
Today, a lawsuit for damages in that death was filed by the family’s attorney Jarome Tefteller of Gilmer for unspecified damages.
“She was on certain prescribed medications and the county knew about this and still failed to give her the medications that her doctor prescribed for her, “ Tefteller said. “And as a consequence, she died from withdrawal.”
Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said the Texas Rangers will be investigating.
He told KETK that Garner was under medical watch.
Tefteller says, they should have learned.
“We all would have hoped the county would have learned from Amy’s situation, how to prevent something like that from happening in the future,” he told us. “And it’s just sad that another young person had to lose their life.”
Former Smith County commissioner Darrell Cooper was in the Gregg County Jail for 40 days last year on charges that were later dropped. He says he was denied high blood pressure medication.
Cerliano denies wrongdoing.