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Lawsuit over Lowndes County arrest dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed over an arrest in the investigation into the death of a Lowndes County man.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 7:02 PM

(WTVA) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed over an arrest in the investigation into the death of a Lowndes County man.


Paul Vega had sued the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, the sheriff and two investigators over his arrest in June 2015.

Vega claims he had tried to notify deputies about a missing man, Manuel Vasquez, who was later found to have been murdered.

His lawsuit claims he was framed by a false letter written by Vasquez's wife, Christina, who was later arrested in the case.

Vega says the letter said someone named "Paul" would help dispose of the body.

Vega lived next door to the Vasquezs; he was arrested on July 22 and kept in jail overnight.

The lawsuit claims the arrest was unconstitutional, he was denied medical access to medications for diabetes while incarcerated, was injured and endures harrassment because deputies park by his home since the lawsuit was filed.

The defendants in the case defended the actions as being part of an ongoing investigation and said they were acting under the color of law.
In a ruling this week, a federal judge ruled the case has been dismissed and cannot be refiled.

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