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Family of man who died in Missouri jail suing Louisville Metro Corrections

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A lawsuit claims Louisville Metro Corrections is partially to blame after an inmate died in a Missouri jail. 

The family of William Culpepper is suing Louisville Metro Government and its jail director, Mark Bolton. In January of 2016, Culpepper was picked up by a private transport company to transfer him from Louisville to a jail in Missouri.

According to the lawsuit, just before the 13-hour drive, Culpepper was complaining about severe stomach pain. 

Video from the Missouri jail shows officers carrying Culpepper to a chair where he remained slumped over and apparently unconscious before he was given medical attention. 

Culpepper was eventually taken to the hospital where he died of a bleeding ulcer, but Greg Belzley, who is representing Culpepper's family, says he was never in any condition to leave Louisville. 

Belzley says he thinks corrections officials were willing to gamble with Culpepper's health. 

"Why are you taking this chance? Time and again I have to come back to and I have to ask myself, is it because they think nobody will find out? 

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