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Who is responsible for Ashley Ellis' death?

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

A battle in court this week on who is financially responsible for the death of an inmate.

23-year-old Ashley Ellis died three years ago after she didn't receive her medication to treat anorexia.

Ellis's family and Prison Health Services, the company contracted by the state to provide health care in prison, already reached a settlement.

Now Ellis' estate is suing the department of corrections and employees for failing to provide the medicine. The state wants a judge to consider if Prison Health Services still has any financial liability. The former health care provider claims the out of court settlement with the family protects it from future lawsuits and its contract with the state also protects its from liability incurred by the department of corrections.

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