- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge ruled in favor of two Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies accused of excessive force by a man who was later convicted in the death of a real estate agent.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1T1dgNk ) reported U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson ruled Wednesday that 35-year-old Arron Lewis did not prove his case. “Lewis is obviously a highly intelligent individual, but he is not a believable individual,” Wilson said.

Lewis filed a lawsuit after his 2014 arrest that named deputies Gary Seibel and Jackson Bennett, Sheriff Doc Holladay and two nurses who work at the county jail. Lewis claimed the deputies dislocated his shoulder during questioning about Beverly Carter’s disappearance.

The judge dismissed most of Lewis’ claims before this week’s trial, but he allowed Lewis to present evidence on the excessive force allegations.

Lewis’ lawyers called several witnesses to the stand on Tuesday and Wednesday, while David Fuqua, the attorney for the deputies, did not call any witnesses.

The lawsuit claimed Lewis’ arm was twisted out of its socket during the interrogation, and then dislocated again after doctors fixed the shoulder.

Bennett testified Tuesday that he removed a sling from Lewis’ arm because he’d been placed on suicide watch and the sling could be used as a choking device. Bennett said he did not remove it in a violent manner.

Wilson said Wednesday he believed Lewis injured his shoulder before Little Rock police arrested him in September 2014. Wilson noted that Lewis jumped from the second floor of an apartment complex while fleeing officers.

Lewis was convicted in January of kidnapping and capital murder in Carter’s death.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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