County agrees to pay $10M to settle Oklahoma jail death suit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the death of a 37-year-old man, who died in 2011 after lying naked in a Tulsa County, Oklahoma, jail cell for five days with a broken neck.

Documents filed in federal court in Tulsa last Thursday say the estate of Elliott Williams and Tulsa County settled and have 20 days to file the agreement.

Estate attorney Dan Smolen told the Tulsa World the settlement is for $10 million. Smolen and a county official didn’t immediately return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment.

The settlement would end the county’s appeal of a 2017 civil rights lawsuit in which a federal jury awarded the family $10 million, plus $250,000 from former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, the sheriff at the time of Williams’ death. Smolen told the newspaper the claim against Glanz will be dropped.

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