Lawsuit Filed by Family of NE Inmate Who Died While in Custody

inmate-deathA Lancaster County judge is considering his decision in a wrongful-death lawsuit that alleges a prison doctor missed signs that could have saved an inmate’s life.

The lawsuit by the adult children of 51-year-old Darryl Reed says Dr. John Casebolt provided substandard care at the state’s Diagnostic and Evaluation Center infirmary in Lincoln. Reed died at a Lincoln hospital on Nov. 2, 2010.

A doctor who testified for the plaintiffs says Reed had a heart condition the infirmary should have known about and checked. An autopsy showed Reed had blood clots in his lungs.

Casebolt testified that Reed was under observation because guards thought Reed may have used drugs while at his work-release job.

Casebolt says Reed didn’t seem to be under distress.