Trial Starts In Case Of Former Inmate Who Claims He Was Beaten - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/26/04

Trial Starts In Case Of Former Inmate Who Claims He Was Beaten

A former inmate at Lamesa's Preston Smith Unit is accusing a prison guard of violating his constitutional rights.

36-year-old Raul Rodriguez claims Kevin Vela opened his cell door and allowed four inmates to physically beat him. Rodriguez said Vela violated his 8th amendment rights by not providing sufficient protection from his attackers. Rodriguez suffered six different fractures to his skull.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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