The Associated Press
The daughter of an inmate who hanged himself in a southwest Florida jail has settled a lawsuit that alleged officials knew he was suicidal and didn't take the steps to prevent his death.
Records obtained by the Naples Daily News on Tuesday show Bridgette Williams settled the lawsuit involving Duane Robert Williams just before it was headed to trial last month. According to the settlement, Williams was paid $20,000 for her father's death, but the Collier County Sheriff's Office did not admit any liability or wrongdoing.
The inmate was found lying on the floor of his cell with a sheet tied around his neck in February 2004. He was arrested by Naples police on charges of domestic violence and child abuse the day before.