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November 26, 2001 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Gary Avila arrived at Wasco State Prison two months ago, the 18-year-old was ushered into an 8-by-10 cell that was already home to another inmate--a psychiatric patient who had been deemed too dangerous to share a cell with anyone. By the time dawn broke on Avila's first night behind bars, he was dead, a bloody bedsheet looped around his neck. Inside the cell, Paul Posada paced back and forth, mumbling to himself.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2001 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Gary Avila arrived at Wasco State Prison two months ago, the 18-year-old was ushered into an 8-by-10 cell that was already home to another inmate--a psychiatric patient who had been deemed too dangerous to share a cell with anyone. By the time dawn broke on Avila's first night behind bars, he was dead, a bloody bedsheet looped around his neck. Inside the cell, Paul Posada paced back and forth, mumbling to himself.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | From staff and wire reports
A wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of a Bakersfield man who died in police custody. Experts who reviewed the case for the city said Ricky Ochoa, 24, died from a cocaine overdose and self-inflected wounds. His family says officers used excessive force to restrain him and failed to provide him with medical attention. Ochoa died at Kern Medical Center after being subdued by police with the help of two jolts from an electric-shock Taser gun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | From staff and wire reports
A wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of a Bakersfield man who died in police custody. Experts who reviewed the case for the city said Ricky Ochoa, 24, died from a cocaine overdose and self-inflected wounds. His family says officers used excessive force to restrain him and failed to provide him with medical attention. Ochoa died at Kern Medical Center after being subdued by police with the help of two jolts from an electric-shock Taser gun.
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