A trial date has been set for a lawsuit against Lancaster County filed by the fatheer of a teenage inmate who killed himself. A judge scheduled a jury trial for September 15, 2014.
Mark Kennedy of Lincoln filed the lawsuit after his 16 year old son, Jonathan Kennedy hanged himself in a youth detention center last February. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
The lawsuit argues that jail staff should have realized Jonathan had mental problems and should have more effectively supervised him. The suit seeks $5,000 in damages for funeral expenses and other damages.
Kennedy was detained for suspected drug use and self-harming behavior.