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Crime Trackers: Family of murdered inmate files $11M claim against county

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TUCSON-A multi-million dollar claim has been filed against Pima County. It names the Sheriff’s department, and the County Attorney's office.

Seven months ago, Branden Roth was brutally murdered at the Pima County Jail.  The man accused, was his cell mate King Yates.

The claim was filed by Roth’s mother Carrie Roth-Walker, Branden Roth’s son, Thorben, and John Lewandowski, Roth’s biological father for $11 million.

The mother said that the goal of this claim is to help prevent someone else from losing their son.

She added, her son is gone, but she knows he's with his seven month old son Ben. She said when the baby starts smiling or laughing for no reason at all, Branden is there.

She added, it's the baby who is suffering, more than anybody, which is horrible.

Roth-Walker, her grandson, and her former husband are claiming wrongful death.

Included in the court documents, her son's birth certificate, and DNA proving the baby is Branden's

She said, all he ever wanted was to have son, and he did, but he never got to hold him or even see him.

The child was born two weeks before Roth was murdered.

The lawsuit also claimed, her son was, “Improperly housed with a known violent and repeater offender, King Yates.”

News 4 Tucson contacted the Pima County Sheriff's department for comment; they said it’s their policy not to comment on pending litigation. 

Meanwhile, King Yates is scheduled to be in court next month.

If you like to read the notice of claim, click here.

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