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Inmates Charged in Jail Death

Say They Had No Involvement

The four inmates charged in a jail death are saying they had no involvement.

Jurors are being asked to decide which of the charged inmates was involved in the death or whether the dead inmate died of a medical disorder.

The four men are accused of beating and stomping Maurice Pendleton on July 18 of last year.

The alleged incident occurred at the Oklahoma County Jail.

Prosecutors allege the attack was gang-related.

The accused inmates deny involvement in the death and claim they have no gang affiliation.

Todd Alan Miller, 32; Antonio Dewayne Ligons, 36; Hareth Hameed, 19; and Martaveous Dwayne Gillioms, 21, are charged in the case.

Each man is facing one count of second-degree murder or first-degree manslaughter.

Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments and begin deliberating this week.

During opening statements last week, Michael Johnson, a defence attorney, said the medical evidence doesn’t support the “blow after blow” beating alleged by prosecutors.

Instead, the attorney, who represents Mr. Ligons, contends Mr. Pendleton’s death was “a process” caused by his sickle cell disease.

The state medical examiner determined Mr. Pendleton’s cause of death was ...To Read More...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper