COPY-Federal jury to hear Garland Co. jail case

Associated Press - November 30, 2009 6:44 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal jury is set to hear a case involving a 22-year-old Iraq War veteran who suffered severe brain damage after slipping into a coma in the Garland County jail in 2007.

Steven McFarland's family has sued the sheriff's office, alleging he was denied necessary medical care while in jail in violation of his civil rights.

The case is set for trial Tuesday.

An attorney for the sheriff's office argues that the drugs McFarland took, including muscle relaxers and painkillers, caused his brain damage and questions whether CPR would have helped.

Hot Springs attorney Ralph Ohm also argues in court papers that a nurse checked McFarland's blood pressure and pulse and didn't think he needed medical care.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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