Appeals court to decide on trial in Oklahoma inmate death

Published 09-13-2018

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ENID, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has been asked to decide whether a sheriff will go to trial over an inmate's death.

The Oklahoman reports that special prosecutor Chris Boring asked the appeals court Wednesday to decide on a trial for Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles. Niles has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the June 2016 death of Anthony Huff.

Niles has pleaded not guilty and been on paid suspension since the accusations.

Boring's request comes after a judge in August sent three others to trial over Huff's death but dismissed the case against Niles , citing insufficient evidence. A reviewing judge upheld the dismissal last week.

Huff died after spending more than two days in a restraint chair. An autopsy lists his probable cause of death as chronic alcoholism. He was arrested for public intoxication.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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