FBI To Investigate Ohio Inmate's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Akron, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio Sheriff says he welcomes a federal investigation into the 2006 death of an inmate who died after a struggle with deputies.

Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander says the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General's office will determine whether there were any civil rights violations.

He says he'll cooperate with the investigation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Mark McCullaugh died after various restraints, pepper spray and a stun gun were used on him during a struggle at the county jail in Akron.

A medical examiner determined the cause of death was asphyxiation from blunt-force blows and various forms of physical, electrical and chemical restraints.

Deputy Stephen Krendick was found not guilty last august of one count of murder.

Prosecutors later dropped charges against four other deputies.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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