The lawsuit was dismissed Thursday. Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn found there wasn’t enough evidence to show that state officials had been negligent in the death of 51-year-old Darryl Reed.
Reed died from heart disease and hardening of the arteries. He was serving a 5-to-8 year sentence for a drug conviction when he was taken from an Omaha prison to a prison infirmary in Lincoln because of behavior that led security staff to think he has used illegal drugs. Hours later, a nurse found him in distress, and he was taken to a Lincoln hospital, where he died.