Texas county settles lawsuit over inmate death
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — An East Texas county has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a drug-struggling inmate who died in 2010 while in custody.
The Longview News-Journal reported Thursday that terms of the agreement between Gregg County and survivors of 33-year-old Amy Lynn Cowling of Gilmer were not immediately released.
Records show Cowling, who was under the care of a methadone clinic, was arrested on Christmas Eve 2010 on misdemeanor theft warrants. Relatives say Cowling was denied her prescription drugs and she was found unresponsive five days later.
The lawsuit was to have gone to trial next week. County Judge Bill Stoudt says the death was unfortunate and officials agreed to settle to avoid a lengthy and costly trial.
Five jailers were fired or reassigned after the death.