Inmate's Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Feb 15, 2013

The widow of an Ohio man who died after being repeatedly pepper sprayed in the Lee County Jail in Fort Myers, Florida has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the county's sheriff, the jail's medical provider and several deputies and nurses.

Nicholas Christie died in 2009 after being restrained and repeatedly exposed to pepper spray. The county medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, with the pepper spray being a contributing factor that led to heart and brain failure. The state attorney's office declined to prosecute. Christie was visiting Naples when he stopped taking his medications and began acting erratically. He was arrested on trespassing charges at a North Fort Myers motel.