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Sheriff gets notice of King lawsuit

Prisoner who fell into alley is suing

September 21, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

The Webster County Sheriff's Department confirmed Friday that a lawsuit has been filed against the county on behalf of Tanner King.

Webster County Chief Deputy Jim Stubbs said the office received official paperwork for the suit in the mail Friday afternoon.

King, 21, of Fort Dodge, is recovering at a Des Moines-area hospital after he allegedly tried to escape from the Webster County Jail by jumping off the roof of the county Law Enforcement Center on Sept. 4.

King's attorney, Mark Pennington, of Kutmus, Pennington & Hook P.C., of West Des Moines, said Thursday the jail didn't do enough to protect his client. Pennington said the jail should have known about King's "suicidal intent."

It's believed King made his way through a secured door to the roof of the LEC where inmates are not allowed. He either fell or jumped from the roof and landed 40 feet below in an alley between Seventh and Eighth streets.

King was being held in the Webster County Jail on several charges including stalking and violation of a no-contact order. His trial on those charges is scheduled for Oct. 30.



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