Washington Settles with Family of Patient Killed at Eastern State Hospital
The state of Washington has paid $500,000 to the family of a patient who was strangled to death at Eastern State Hospital.
SPOKANE, WA - The state of Washington has paid $500,000 to the family of a patient who was strangled to death at Eastern State Hospital.
The settlement in March resolved a lawsuit filed by that family of Duane Charley that accused the Medical Lake mental hospital of failing to adequately supervise patients.
Authorities say the 56-year-old Charley was strangled with a belt in 2012 by another patient, Amber Roberts. She had been committed as criminally insane for strangling a Yakima woman. Roberts has been charged with murder.
Eastern State made some changes after the killing, such as removing belts, shoelaces and electrical cords that could be used to strangle.