No charges in death of Alabama inmate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A grand jury has decided against bringing criminal charges in the death of an inmate whose family is suing the state over his treatment in a state prison.

The Montgomery County district attorney's office said Wednesday a panel decided there was no probable cause to indicate a crime occurred in the death of Farron Barksdale.

The 32-year-old man was convicted of killing two Athens police officers in 2004, and he died in state custody last year. His family has sued the state in federal court alleging he was denied proper medical treatment.

The state denies Barksdale was mistreated in any way, but it is fighting a judge's order to release its investigation of the death.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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