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Family seeks justice for mentally ill inmate who died in jail

Tegan Hanlon
Tegan Hanlon

The family of Davon Mosley walked the stretch of sidewalk from the Anchorage Correctional Complex to Nesbett Courthouse downtown Thursday, chanting for justice.

Nearly two months have passed since correctional officers found 20-year-old Mosley dead in his jail cell at the same complex where the afternoon walk began. Mosley was schizophrenic and bipolar, his family said. Autopsies determined a cluster of bleeding ulcers killed him while in custody.

"We want justice -- justice for Davon and justice for everyone," the group shouted.

Court records show that Mosley was still incarcerated about a week after the charge against him had been dropped.

Family members said Thursday they aren't satisfied with the information they've received from the Department of Corrections.

"It's a lot to deal with," said Vernesia Gordon, his fiancee and the mother of his children. "I'm trying to keep it together the best I can."

Since his death, Gordon has moved into her mother's Anchorage apartment with their two sons. She's pregnant with twins and due to give birth in November.

"It's hard," Gordon said. "What makes it harder is that I have my son asking what happened. Like sometimes he'll say, 'Mommy, why's Daddy dead?' "

On Thursday, Mosley would have turned 21.  Gordon and Mosley had planned to get married on May 16.

At the walk, Gordon and the group of about 10 family members wore bright blue T-shirts printed with Mosley's photograph. They'll wear them until they get answers, she said.

 


By TEGAN HANLON
thanlon@adn.com