Beaufort County and the company that provides medical services at its detention center have settled a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died after being restrained at the county jail.
Jesse Greer, 46, was arrested at a Burton bus station Dec. 27, 2007. He was charged with malicious injury to personal property and resisting arrest after he allegedly threw a wristwatch at a bus window.
He died in custody on Jan. 1, 2008.
Greer’s widow alleged that her husband’s death was caused by the negligence and recklessness of the county and medical contractor Southern Health Partners. She filed suits against both.
A medical doctor and expert witness testified during a deposition that Greer was asphyxiated by chest-straps that held him to a chair.