The mother of a mentally ill, homeless veteran who was found dead in a 100-degree New York City jail cell that overheated due to an equipment malfunction in February plans to file a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
Alma Murdough's attorney, Derek Sells, said he will also ask the city to preserve all communications and 911 recordings regarding former Marine Jerome Murdough's death on Rikers Island. Sells scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon.
He filed a notice of claim, the first procedural step necessary for a civil suit against the city, with the comptroller's office on April 30 on behalf of the inmate's 75-year-old mother. In it, he writes that the 56-year-old Murdough's death was caused by carelessness and negligence by Department of Correction employees.
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