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Attorney accuses court of neglecting inmate's care

Posted: April 5, 2013 6:29 p.m.
Updated: April 5, 2013 6:29 p.m.

The attorney defending a Saugus man accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend says his client’s health is being neglected by jailors, and he may sue them.

But the San Fernando Superior Court judge presiding over the case of Eric Allen Earle — who’s been in and out of custody for more than a year — said the defendant refused to go to a doctor’s appointment made on his behalf.

David Arredondo, Earle’s attorney, told Judge Michael J. O’Gara that Earle has been experiencing habitual pain in his feet and is also slowly losing vision in his left eye.

Arredondo said Earle needs specific surgery to halt or reverse the vision loss.

“Proper attention has not been given to this matter,” Arredondo said. “It’s gotten to the point where we might consider civil action against the county.”

O’Gara said Wednesday that Earle has been scheduled an appointment with an ophthalmologist at the University of Southern California last November but had refused to go.

“Submit a medical request and I’ll certainly review it,” O’Gara said. “But I don’t have anything before me that I can sign off on at this time.”

Earle was arrested on suspicion of murdering Karla Brada in the couple’s Saugus home in September 2011.

On Wednesday a pretrial hearing was for Earle in May to determine if he should stand trial on the charge, He is housed at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles in lieu of $1 million bail.
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