WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Officials at the Forsyth County jail ignored an inmate’s worsening mental and physical condition, neglect that ultimately led up to his death, the man’s family has argued in a lawsuit.
Dino Vann Nixon was arrested in July 2013 on drug trafficking charges. He had taken several prescription drugs, including Xanax, for years before his arrest and told jail officials about the medication.
Local media outlets report Thursday that, according to the lawsuit filed late last month by Nixon’s family, jail officials refused to provide the medication, wouldn’t let his wife bring him more and ignored his medical condition. Nixon died four days before he was scheduled to appear in court on drug trafficking charges.
Nixon suffered from “confusion, lack of sleep, tremors, bizarre and unusual behavior, a lack of alertness and awareness, and many other physical and mental manifestations of withdrawal symptoms during the entirety of his incarceration,” according to the lawsuit.
Defendant,s including Sheriff Bill Schatzman, health care and jail officials, did not comment on the lawsuit. No trial date has been set.