A northeastern Indiana county faces a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that a gay inmate killed himself in its jail after being denied mental health treatment and enduring harassment over his sexuality.
Markus Middleton's partner is suing Noble County's sheriff, jail commander and jail staff.
Jerry and Markus Middleton were arrested on September 11, 2017. Jerry spent 9 days in jail for driving without a license, and then continued to visit Markus as he served the rest of his sentence for false informing and resisting law enforcement charges.
Markus Middleton's partner Jerry is suing, stating that Markus was "continuously mocked, harassed, threatened, and denied mental health treatment" even though jail officials were told he suffered from bipolar disorder and serious depression.
Markus Middleton was 23 when he hanged himself in October 2017 after spending 23 days in the jail following his arrest.
The suit contends the Albion, Indiana, man was "continuously mocked, harassed, threatened, and denied mental health treatment" even though jail officials were told Middleton suffered from bipolar disorder and serious depression.
"Like I was in complete shock when they told me but I mean I know, when I warned them I know of his past, so that's why I told them what I knew but I didn't really think it would be that serious..I guess i'm just hoping for more answers, and justice, cause I have to live the rest of my life, I mean I don't really understand it I guess." Jerry said.
A message seeking comment was left Thursday for an attorney for the county's liability insurer carrier, Travelers.