Family Plans to Sue for Wrongful Death at RCDC

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

The family of the man, who's death started the first Reeves County Detention Center (RCDC) riot, is planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Attorney's representing the family of Jesus Manuel Galindo say they're close to filing a wrongful death civil suit against GEO Group, the company that runs the detention center, along with the Physicians Network Association who provides medical care for the inmates.

You'll remember Galindo died in December 2008 after allegedly not receiving medicine for his epilepsy and being placed in an isolation cell.

Miguel Torres, one of the attorneys working on the case, explained on Monday why they hadn't filed earlier.

"There's a lot of preparation that's involved in these lawsuits," he said. "You don't just go down to the court house. This is a very significant matter and a real serious wrongful death case. We wanted to make sure we prepared accordingly."

GEO Group decided not to comment on the issue while the Physicians Network Association did not respond to our calls or email by our deadline.

Torres was unable to say exactly when they planned to file the suit but said it would be in the "immediate future."

He said they're still trying to decide which court would have the proper jurisdiction.

NewsWest 9 will continue to follow all the developments with this story.