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Daughter of slain inmate sues prison

on October 17, 2013 10:30 AM

ERIE (AP) — The daughter of a wheelchair-using inmate murdered by his psychotic cellmate has sued the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

The Erie Times-News reported Carla Davis-Vining’s federal lawsuit accuses corrections officials of mishandling the man who killed her father, 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, on Aug. 21, 2012.

The lawsuit says prison officials put her father in a cell with 27-year-old Elwood Braswell even though Braswell was not supposed to be housed with other inmates.

Braswell has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was serving time for assault by a prisoner while both men were at the state prison in Marienville, Forest County.

Braswell was found guilty but mentally ill of first-degree murder and is now serving a life sentence for beating and smothering Kirkland.

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