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Dallas jailers not indicted in Arlington man’s death

Video shows last moments of Arlington man's life in jail lobby

On Aug. 1, Joseph Hutcheson ran into the lobby of the Dallas County Jail begging for help and acting erratically. The video shows sheriff's officials handcuffing him, followed by a struggle. Hutcheson was later pronounced dead.
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On Aug. 1, Joseph Hutcheson ran into the lobby of the Dallas County Jail begging for help and acting erratically. The video shows sheriff's officials handcuffing him, followed by a struggle. Hutcheson was later pronounced dead.

A grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict four jailers involved in an Arlington man’s death in Dallas County, The Associated Press reported.

Joseph Hutcheson, 48, an Arlington handyman, died Aug. 1 after a struggle with deputies on the lobby floor of the Dallas County Jail last year.

The jail officers remain on the Dallas County Sheriff's Department staff, sheriff's spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office concluded that Hutcheson died from the combined toxic effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, compounded by heart problems due to high blood pressure and the stress to his body associated with the struggle with sheriff's deputies and being restrained by handcuffs. His death was ruled a homicide.

The decision was disappointing to Hutcheson's family but not surprising, family attorney Scott Palmer said.

"The family will have to let all this sink in and will move onto the next chapter, which is filing the lawsuit and holding the jailers accountable," Palmer told The Dallas Morning News.

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