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Deputy called ‘sadistic’ in Frederick stun-gun death trial

A lawyer at a federal civil trial in Baltimore is calling a former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy “sadistic” for using a stun gun to subdue an unarmed man who died shortly thereafter.

Attorney Gregory Lattimer made his opening statement Tuesday in the trial stemming from the November 2007 death of Jarrel Gray. Defense attorney Daniel Karp was set to make his opening statement Tuesday afternoon.

Former Cpl. Rudy Torres has denied using excessive force against Gray.

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.

A Frederick County grand jury found Torres justified in using the stun gun to subdue Gray.