Inmate alleges forced 'fight nights' at Missouri jail

3 months 12 hours 17 minutes ago Wednesday, May 17 2017 May 17, 2017 Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:09:19 PM CDT May 17, 2017 in News
Source: The Joplin Globe
By: The Associated Press

NEVADA (AP) — An inmate alleges in a lawsuit that he was forced to participate in "fight nights" at least nine times at a southwest Missouri jail.

Alexander Trexel is seeking more than $100 million in punitive damages in the suit filed Monday in Vernon County. He was jailed there on felony stealing and misdemeanor trespassing charges before being transferred Tuesday to Cedar County.

The Joplin Globe reports that Trexel alleges he required stitches for a cut above his eye and suffers from "fear and anxiety." Trexel's attorney, Dustin Dunfield, didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says the jail has security cameras that cover "most of" its grounds. He says the county's policy is not to comment on pending litigation.

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