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Family Wants Answers in Michael Dick's Death

Potter County Sheriff Ron Boyter Potter County Sheriff Ron Boyter
Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley
Family Attorney Chris Hoffman Family Attorney Chris Hoffman
Family Attorney Jeff Blackburn Family Attorney Jeff Blackburn

Hoping to determine whether it was the fault of jail workers or due to a pre-existing condition, an investigation is underway into the death of Potter County jail inmate Michael Dick.

"Sometimes when something is so bad you don't want to believe it. You can't believe it." Michael Dick's mom, Diane, says he didn't have to die. Potter-Randall Special Crimes is investigating that claim. But it may take a while... "Seven days worth of tapes." Lt. Gary Trupe is hoping those tapes will tell if jail employees contributed to Dick's death. "We'll look at tapes of the hallway in front of Michael Dick's cell. It will be of the hallway in front of Dick's cell. I don't know whether it will show any wrong doing or not, but I'm going to find out. "As for wrong doing, family lawyer Chris Hoffman says evidence points to yes. "We're certainly suspicious. Based on what has happened so far."

Sheriff Ron Boyter says he has nothing to hide, and he'll gladly go under oath to say so. That's the way business is done. Who would have it any other way?" Hoffman, along with attorney Jeff Blackburn, filed papers last week in hopes of getting answers, to determine if they have a claim. The Potter County Attorney representing the jail, Scott Brumley, says that's not something he sees everyday. "This is unusual than cases we usually see because we rarely see lawyers file inquiries wanting the Sheriff to go under oath or the Police Chief under oath without filing a lawsuit first. "So, does the Sheriff expect a law suit? "Of course. I knew it from the beginning. That's what this was always about."

Regardless of the investigation's outcome, Michael's mom says she prays it doesn't happen to anyone else. "If it can happen to my son, it could happen to your son. To your husband. To your brother. It happened to her brother. It happened to my son."

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