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Monday, Sep 10 2007 05:51 PM

Detention sergeant involved in inmate's beating death sues county

By The Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County detention sergeant who was in charge of and who participated in the beating that allegedly led to the death of a Kern County jail inmate in 2005 has filed a lawsuit against the county because he believes he was wrongfully fired over the incident.

Randall Holtz was fired in May because he participated in the beating of James Moore and because he supervised the many detention deputies who allegedly beat Moore to death, according to a lawsuit filed in Kern County Superior Court.

Detention deputies Roxanne Fowler, Daniel Lindini and Ralph Contreras are facing murder charges for their involvement in Moore’s death.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Fowler, Lindini and Contreras are no longer employed by the county, but he said he could not explain why or when their employment ended.

Holtz filed a lawsuit against the county in July asking for his job back and asking for back pay from June 2006.

Youngblood said he cannot comment on pending litigation.

The attorney handling this case for the county could not immediately be reached for comment.

Holtz said he had never had adverse action taken against him before.

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