Family sues ASH after patient strangled to death
April 23, 2015
The mother and sister of a deceased Atascadero State Hospital patient who was allegedly strangled to death by his roommate have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against ASH. [Tribune]
Kevin Turner, 53, died on May 28, 2014. An ASH psychiatrist found Turner with his face stuffed in a dorm pillow and Adam Cary, 35, on top of him. Cary allegedly admitted to killing Turner, but he has pleaded not guilty in criminal court. Cary is 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds.
The lawsuit alleges several patients in Cary’s unit complained that he was violent and threatening. ASH staff failed to properly assess Cary and placed him in the wrong environment, the suit states.
Cary has convictions of attempted rape and assault. He allegedly was experiencing religious and sexual delusions.
At the time of the alleged strangling, ASH was placing patients with the most serious and violent behaviors in a special program. Cary should have qualified for the program, the suit alleges.
The lawsuit also states that ASH was understaffed when the strangling occurred.
Turner spent more than 10 years in ASH. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, burglary and petty theft.