The Noble County Sheriff’s department, jail commander, and jail staff are facing a wrongful death lawsuit after a gay inmate killed himself in their jail after being denied mental health treatment and enduring harassment over his sexuality.

Jerry and Markus Middleton were arrested on September 11, 2017. Jerry spent 9 days in jail for driving without a license, and then continued to visit Markus as he served the rest of his sentence for false informing and resisting law enforcement charges.

Markus Middleton’s partner Jerry is suing, stating that Markus was  “continuously mocked, harassed, threatened, and denied mental health treatment” even though jail officials were told he suffered from bipolar disorder and serious depression.

Markus Middleton was 23 when he hanged himself in October 2017 after spending 23 days in the jail following his arrest.

“Like I was in complete shock when they told me but I mean I know, when I warned them I know of his past, so that’s why I told them what I knew but I didn’t really think it would be that serious..I guess i’m just hoping for more answers, and justice, cause I have to live the rest of my life, I mean I don’t really understand it I guess.” Jerry said.

WANE 15 has reached out to the Noble County Sheriff at the time of the incident, and have not had a response at this time.