HOUSTON (AP) - Two Harris County jail employees have been fired
for lying about the January death of an inmate at the facility.
Officials said Friday that jailer Nathan Hartfield and
supervisor Joyce Harris were terminated for giving conflicting
reports about a disruption involving inmate Clarence Freeman.
An autopsy revealed Freeman died from respiratory failure
related to neck compression after a struggle with Hartfield.
Don McWilliams, inspector general for the sheriff's office,
called their misconduct a "very serious violation."
The sheriff's department investigation into Freeman's death is
ongoing. No charges have been filed against Hartfield or Harris.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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