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Sheriff claims no wrongdoing in death of inmate

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Marshall County's sheriff said his department isn't responsible for the death of a female inmate who died while in custody.

The 15 million dollar lawsuit claims Regina Carr died after being beaten in jail.

However, according to the department of public safety, the autopsy showed Carr died from cardiac arrest.

Carr was taken to the Marshall County jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in March. Authorities said she collapsed while in jail. She was then taken to the hospital where she died.

Family members are now suing the sheriff's department and the warden claiming Carr died as a result of a beating at the jail, and was treated differently due to her sexual orientation.

The sheriff called the death unfortunate, but said many inmates face drug and alcohol problems and can be in poor health when they arrive.

"In this particular case the investigation was done by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation out of Huntsville, which is the Alabama State Troopers. That evidence was presented to the grand jury, and there was absolutely no findings of wrongdoing in that case and there have been no wrongdoings by this office," said Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls.

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