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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Settlement after man’s death in police custody

A judge has approved the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2006 death of a man in the custody of Lynchburg police.

The News & Advance reports the agreement pays the family of Clarence Beard Jr. $250,000. It was approved Thursday by Lynchburg Circuit Judge Mosby Perrow.

Beard’s family had filed the $12.5 million lawsuit against seven police officers.

Beard died on Sept. 24, 2006, after fighting with officers who came to his home looking for a woman with outstanding warrants. The autopsy report listed heart disease as a contributing factor in his death.

An investigation by the commonwealth’s attorney’s office cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing.

By The News & Advance  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Categories:  Virginia, From the Courthouse

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