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Murder Defendant Sues Jail over Weight Loss

BENTONVILLE, AR - Broderick Lloyd Laswell says he isn't happy that he's lost 105 pounds over the past eight months and is down to 308 pounds.  Laswell is an inmate in the Benton County Jail and has filed a federal court suit complaining about the diet he's been fed by the county.

According to the suit, Laswell weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed on a capital murder charge in September.  Police say he and a codefendant fatally beat and stabbed Randy Walker, then set his trailer home on fire.

Laswell's suit was filed without a lawyer in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.  He claims the jail doesn't provide inmates with enough food.  The suit says that, about an hour after each meal, his stomach starts to hurt and growl, and he feels hungry again.  Laswell claims he's lost about a half-pound a day.

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