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New Mexico inmate death 'apparent suicide' amid lawsuits


Added 02-26-20 01:03:01am EST - “An inmate's suspected suicide recently in a New Mexico prison occurred as two new lawsuits accuse the state Corrections Department of negligence in inmate deaths at another penitentiary.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “New Mexico inmate death ‘apparent suicide’ amid lawsuits”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An inmate’s suspected suicide recently in a New Mexico prison occurred as two new lawsuits accuse the state Corrections Department of negligence in inmate deaths at another penitentiary.

One of the lawsuits, filed Feb. 11 in state District Court, says the department ordered medical personnel to remove 39-year-old Efrain Perez Martinez from life support in early 2019 over the protests of family members, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

Another case, a wrongful death complaint filed Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court, accuses Corrections Department officials of failing to provide heart medication to an inmate with a known heart condition in the days leading to his death in 2017.

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Justin Guilez, 29, was found dead in his cell Wednesday at the Northwestern New Mexico Detention Facility in Grants, “in what was an apparent suicide,” Harrison confirmed.

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