- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County is denying responsibility for the December overdose death of an inmate in the county jail.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/f3u4Ul ) county attorneys in an Aug. 10 court filing wrote that Edwin Burl Mays was responsible for his own death because he ingested methamphetamine and failed to notify deputies he had done so.

The filing comes in response to an $11 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by Mays’ family against the county, then-Sheriff Larry Blanton, two sergeants and seven deputies. The suit alleges that deputies acted negligently and that Mays suffered cruel and unusual punishment.

County attorneys acknowledged that deputies noted Mays was agitated and had a head injury, but claimed that Mays was at greater fault for ingesting meth.

The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating Mays’ death.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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