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Lawyers who represent Breonna Taylor's family take over Indiana jail death case

Sam Aguiar said on Facebook that he, Lonita Baker and Benjamin Crump would represent Chappell's family.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The team representing Breonna Taylor's family announced they will also be helping the family of a Louisville woman who died while in custody in Seymour, Indiana.

Sam Aguiar, one of the lawyers for Breonna Taylor's family, posted on Facebook that he is taking the case of Ta’Neasha Chappell, along with two other well known lawyers.

In the post, Aguiar wrote “Ben Crump, Lonita Baker and I are on it right away. More to come ASAP.”

Indiana State Police said the 23-year-old died at a Seymour hospital Friday after being taken by an ambulance from the Jackson County Jail.

Family members told WHAS11 a detective informed them of Chappell's death, but provided little information — only telling them she reported feeling sick to jail officials before the ambulance was called. The family said they received concerning phone calls from Chappell while she was in jail over the last two months and were worried her calls for help went unanswered.

“It made me feel disappointed because it's been a long time gap so it made me feel very disappointed as if they were covering up some stuff honestly,” Ronesha Murrell, Chappell’s sister, said.

After speaking with Aguiar, Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds says his involvement sends a strong message.

"If Sam is taking the case we are probably going to find out there are multiple things that went wrong that led to the death of this young woman," she said. 

The same legal team now tackling Chappell's case secured a $12 million settlement for Taylor's family in 2020. Crump has also represented the families of George Floyd and other Black Americans killed by police.

Authorities have not released many details about Chappell’s death, which is what her family says is so upsetting. Monday, they said the next step is seeking answers.

"Next step is getting full answers, straight and forward answers, that is our next step. So I just wish I had more to give at the moment,” Murrell said.

ISP said they are investigating Chappell's death, and are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.

The legal team tells WHAS they expect to hold a press conference in the next few days.

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