Jury Awards $2.95M in South Carolina Inmate Death

October 20, 2014

A federal jury has awarded almost $3 million to the family of a Berkeley County, S.C., inmate who died three years ago after spending a month at the jail.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports an autopsy showed that 50-year-old David Allan Woods died in November 2011 from gastrointestinal bleeding.

His attorneys said in U.S. District Court that Woods complained about pain and bloody stools weeks before he was transported to Trident Medical Center in critical condition. His family sued in 2012, claiming jailers ignored Woods’ deteriorating condition and were negligent in the handling of his care.

The civil trial began Tuesday, and the jury spent about four hours deliberating Friday. The damage award goes to Woods’ 86-year-old mother.

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