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Defense: Death not due to Frederick deputy’s stun gun

A defense attorney has told a federal jury in Baltimore that a former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy didn’t cause the death of a young man who died shortly after he was hit by an electric stun gun.

Lawyer Daniel Karp made his opening statement Tuesday in the trial stemming from the November 2007 death of 20-year-old Jarrel Gray. Gray’s parents claim former Cpl. Rudy Torres used excessive force to subdue their unarmed son.

Their lawyer said in his opening statement that the use of the stun gun was “sadistic.”

Gray’s parents are seeking $145 million for what they say was a wrongful death.

The state medical examiner’s office couldn’t determine a cause of death but said the manner of death was restraint and alcohol intoxication.