Civil rights lawsuit in inmate's death scheduled for trial

Friday, August 11th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- A federal judge has set a trial date in a civil case stemming from the 1995 murder of an inmate at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita.

The lawsuit was filed by Judy Gail Iwanski, the mother of Donald Douglas Iwanski. Donald Iwanski was beaten to death with a two-foot-long steel pipe as he slept in his dormitory bed at the minimum-security facility.

Another prisoner, Kevin White, is alleged to have killed Iwanski.

The federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Judy Iwanski centers on whether three prison officials were deliberately indifferent to the risks of putting the pipes in the closets of each inmate's room. The lawsuit also seeks to establish whether the inmates were adequately supervised.

The three prison officials named in the lawsuit are entitled to representation by the state.