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The Latest: Milwaukee jury gets case in inmate death

The Latest on an inquest into the dehydration death of an inmate in the Milwaukee County jail (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A Milwaukee jury is deliberating whether to recommend charges against sheriff's office employees for an inmate's dehydration death last year.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office wrapped up its inquest Monday after six days of evidence and testimony on the events leading up to Terrill Thomas' death in April 2016.

District Attorney John Chisholm told jurors that jail staffers had many "missed opportunities" to help Thomas during the seven days the 38-year-old spent alone in his cell with his water shut off.

Milwaukee's medical examiner ruled Thomas died of "profound dehydration."

Sheriff's officials have said Thomas' water was shut off after he stuffed a mattress in a toilet to flood his previous cell.

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12:30 p.m.

Milwaukee prosecutors say the county sheriff's office continued using water deprivation as a form of punishment at its jail even after an inmate had died of dehydration.

The District Attorney's Office presented jail logs to jurors Monday showing two inmates were disciplined by having water to their cells shut off in the weeks after Terrill Thomas died.

Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Thomas died April 24, 2016, after he was deprived of water for seven days because he had flooded a cell.

Prosecutors are conducting an inquest for a jury to determine whether criminal charges against jail staff are warranted.

Sheriff David Clarke runs the jail. He has repeatedly declined to comment on Thomas' death aside from highlighting the inmate's criminal record.

The prosecution expects to conclude its case later Monday.