Lawyers reach deal on lawsuit over jail clothing

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Lawyers have agreed to the proposed settlement of a lawsuit that alleged the death of a metro Phoenix jail inmate was caused by stress he suffered when he mistakenly viewed jail officers' efforts to forcibly clothe him in a jail uniform as a rape attempt.

The proposal needs final approval from count officials before the lawsuit by Eric Vogel's estate can be concluded.

The dollar amount of the settlement was unavailable.

The sheriff's office prevailed during a 2010 trial, but an appeals court later ordered a new trial.

The case centers on Vogel's refusal to get out of his street clothes after his 2001 arrest for assaulting an officer.

Vogel, who was determined to have had paranoia and delusions, died from a heart attack weeks after his release from jail.