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San Juan County jail faces 2nd wrongful death lawsuit filed this year


FARMINGTON, New Mexico — A San Juan County prison has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit for the second time this year.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports (http://bit.ly/1L8AjGz) that Charles Carter filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and its contracted health care provider.

In the complaint, Carter says his brother, William "Billy" Carter," was denied a prescription inhaler before his Feb. 13 death.

Mitch Burns, the attorney representing Carter, says the 57-year-old inmate likely died from a respiratory issue.

Charles Carter is asking for compensatory and punitive damages and court-mandated changes in prison policy and training.

Billy Carter was being held on charges that he molested several children.

Tom Havel, a detention center administrator and co-defendant, said Friday he had no comment on the suit.

Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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