Ala. DOC investigation shows Barksdale was healthy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Records released to The Associated Press
show an Alabama inmate was in good health just days before he died
after being found bruised and unconscious in a state prison.

The Alabama Department of Corrections' report into the 2007
death of Farron Barksdale was provided to the Southern Center for
Human Rights after it won an open records lawsuit. The center
released parts of the document to the AP on Monday.

In it, corrections staff say they didn't see bruises on
Barksdale after he transferred to Kilby prison from the Limestone
County Jail on August 8, 2007. But he was found unconscious and
bruised in his cell three days later and subsequently died.

One inmate reported seeing three guards assaulting Barksdale,
but investigators said his claims weren't credible.

The center is still seeking an explanation of how the bruising

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