Local & Regional
Thu October 25, 2012
Lawsuit Filed Over Scientology-linked Center Death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of a Claremore man found dead last year at an eastern Oklahoma drug rehab center with ties to the Church of Scientology has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility.
Attorneys for Shirley Gilliam filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Pittsburg County against the Narconon Arrowhead facility, its California-based parent companies and the facility's medical director.
Gilliam's son — 32-year-old Gabriel Graves — died in his room at the facility in Canadian on October 2011. Two more patients have died since then while receiving treatment there.
The lawsuit alleges that staff at the facility were improperly trained and failed to provide proper medical care to Graves when he became ill.
Telephone and email messages left with a
Narconon Arrowhead spokeswoman were not immediately returned.