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Maricopa County Settles Prisoner Suicide Case for $250,000

On February 12, 2009, Maricopa County, Arizona, settled for $250,000 a lawsuit brought by survivors of a prisoner who committed suicide at the Maricopa County Jail.

Francisco Oviedo was booked into the Lower Buckeye Facility of the Maricopa County Jail on October 2, 2006. He expressed suicidal thoughts and was placed on suicide watch by the jail's medical providers. A month later, there was a confusion of multiple orders by doctors and nurses on whether he should remain on suicide watch. He was taken off suicide watch and placed in another pod where he hung himself. He died of injuries sustained in the attempted suicide a few hours after being discovered hanging.

His mother, father, minor son and minor daughter hired Phoenix attorneys Joel B. Robbins, Anne E. Findlind and Robert Ramirez to file a state tort lawsuit in state court against jail personnel. Maricopa County settled the suit for $250,000. See: Murillo v. Maricopa County, Ariz. Superior Court, Maricopa Co., No. CV2007-022878.

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Murillo v. Maricopa County