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8/17/05

Family Sues Lubbock County for Negligence

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A Lubbock family is suing the county for negligence in the accidental release of one of its inmates. Collie Willard was jailed for aggravated assault and was mistakenly released in 2003. During the time he was out, he was at a party, where Robert Esquivel was killed. A jury found Wllard not guilty but Esquivel's family feels he was responsible.

Billy Wolfe, attorney for the Esquivel family says, "The lawsuit on behalf of Robert's family basically says that Mr. Willard should have been in jail and therefore he could not have inflicted harm on anyone at the party."

Willard is currently serving 15 years for the aggravated assault of Chris Soliz.

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