Community Seeking Answers on May Inmate Death in Lincoln Jail


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Relatives and community groups have been pushing for answers to their questions about the death of a 46-year-old inmate at the Lancaster County Jail in Lincoln.

Fernando "Fred" Carmona was found dead in his cell on May 26. He'd been arrested May 24 for drinking in a park.

His death certificate says he died from chronic alcoholism complicated by heart disease. But officials won't say whether he had gotten his blood pressure medication or whether guards monitored him as he sobered up.

A special prosecutor and a grand jury are looking into the case, which state law requires whenever someone dies in custody.

Larry Bradley of the American G.I. Forum's Omaha chapter says community groups, especially the Latino community, are closely watching the case.

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