Arizona

Oct 5, 2012 3:00 PM by Associated Press

Maricopa County agrees to settle jail death suit

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died after being booked into the county jail.

County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says the terms can't be disclosed until the Board of Supervisors meets Oct. 17 to approve the agreement.

Gerchick tells the Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/RilC4F ) the county has already spent about $1.8 million to defend itself in the lawsuit.

Deborah Braillard died nearly three weeks after being jailed on New Year's Day in 2005. A health screening failed to note she had diabetes even though previous bookings did.

The 46-year-old was on drugs, barely coherent and slurring her words.

She was taken to a hospital four days later and died of diabetic complications.

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