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Attorney: Tommy Croslin Being Mistreated in Putnam Jail

11:44 AM, Jul 1, 2010   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- The attorney for Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr. has filed a motion saying his client is being mistreated in jail.

Attorney James Werter said Croslin, who is being held on drug charges but is a notable figure in the search for Haleigh Cummings, was taken out of protective custody last week and that his situation deteriorated.

In a motion for Order to Show Cause and Order of Prohibition Request for Expedited Hearing filed with the State Attorney's office and delivered to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Werter said Croslin's new accommodation in the Putnam County Correctional Facility has "inadequate ventilation" and "defective plumbing."

Werter's motion also stated that Croslin was forcibly removed from his cell and denied access to his attorney by detectives who harassed and threatened Croslin.

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According to the motion, the detectives said they would charge Croslin with felony murder in the Haleigh Cummings case if he didn't talk, and said they would spread rumors about him to the general population at the jail.

Werter called those "obvious violations" of Croslin's civil rights, and called for the detectives to be held in contempt.

He also wanted the court to establish that detectives could not have contact with Croslin unless it was previously established in writing with Werter.

In court in early June, pretrial hearing, Croslin pleaded no contest to one count of possession, a third degree felony, and to one count of trafficking in hydrocodone, a first degree felony.

His next court date has been set for August 2.

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