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Sheriff, warden sued over jail inmate's beating death

6 months 3 days 17 hours ago Wednesday, January 10 2018 Jan 10, 2018 January 10, 2018 11:13 AM January 10, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims a Louisiana sheriff and a jail warden failed to protect a prisoner from being beaten to death by a dozen other inmates last year in an attack that an eyewitness compared to a "shark feeding frenzy."
  
Relatives of the slain 40-year-old prisoner, Tommy Joe Smith, sued Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the warden, Stuart Murphy, on Tuesday.
  
The lawsuit says Smith was jailed last January on a probation violation stemming from a 2015 conviction for a sex crime. The suit claims staff at the parish jail didn't segregate Smith from violent prisoners even though his criminal history made him a target.
  
Edwards' brother is Gov. John Bel Edwards. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office didn't immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.

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