Appeals court sides with deputies in inmate death

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against the family of a Sedgwick County jail inmate who died after being ill for days before he was taken to a hospital.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a jury’s verdict that cleared two jail deputies in the 2007 death of 46-year-old Terry Bruner. The court found that the judge did not make a mistake by refusing to grant a new trial based on claims one of the jurors was biased.

An appeals panel also upheld a lower court’s ruling deciding the case in favor of 13 others whom the family had also sued.

The appeals court said the family failed to prove that the defendants recognized Bruner was at risk of dying and consciously disregarded it.

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