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NEW ORLEANS -- A mentally ill inmate found dead in his cell had asked for medical help, but did not receive it, according to a new filing in federal court.

Another inmate housed in the same tier, says 26-year-old Ricky Russell, had a skin infection and also wanted to see a psychiatrist.

The fellow inmate, Jamie Hernandez, says Russell asked for medical help, but two nurses told him to file a sick call. The next day he was found dead in his cell.

In a statement the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says Russell was not on suicide watch because he said he was not suicidal.

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