Wrongful death lawsuit filed in inmate's death

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the estate of a state prison inmate who died nearly a year ago at the Lawton Correctional Facility.

The lawsuit seeking more than $10,000 was filed in Comanche County District Court against the state Department of Corrections, The GEO Group Inc., the prison warden and an unknown correctional officer for the Nov. 12, 2012, death of 39-year-old William Schrader Jr.

GEO operates the prison.

Representatives of GEO, the Department of Corrections and the prison did not immediately respond to telephone calls and emails for comment.

An autopsy found that Schrader died of an overdose of medication for high blood pressure.

The Lawton Constitution reports that the lawsuit alleges prison staff members were negligent in administering the medication.

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