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Prosecutor clears jailers in inmate's death

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WILMINGTON (AP) -- The Brunswick County district attorney says jailers acted properly when they subdued an obese man who then suffocated and died earlier this year. District Attorney Rex Gore said evidence from a State Bureau of Investigation report and a videotape of the incident does not indicate any misconduct by jailers in the death of Senaca Vaught. The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday that Vaught died in jail on Jan. 23 from asphyxiation after he was pepper-sprayed and restrained face down on the concrete floor. The sheriff's office has said Vaught was kicking the door and head-butted officers when they opened his cell door. Vaught was in jail for assaulting his mother on Christmas Day. His family has hired an attorney and is looking into a possible wrongful death claim. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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