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Family Sues Over Franklin Inmate's 2010 Death


A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed in Tallahassee on behalf of the 12-year-old daughter of Franklin Correctional Institution inmate who was reportedly gassed while in a confinement cell. The plaintiffs are alleging a cover up

Randall Jordan-Aparo’s 2010 death is still being investigated by state and federal law enforcement officials -- and it’s one of a string of inmate deaths that drew widespread scrutiny.

The lawsuit alleges corrections officers killed the 27-year-old inmate and the prison warden, doctors and nurses conspired to cover it up. Corrections investigators also have alleged cover-ups by the department in separate lawsuits stemming from Jordan-Aparo’s death.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.