FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) -- Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said Friday (Sept. 2) he expected the prosecuting attorney's decision not to file charges in the death of an inmate.
"It pretty much went consistent with that I thought would happen, and what the outcome would be," Boen said. "As being here, hearing everyone's side of the story, it went the way I figured it would go."
The prosecutor's report states Cody Franklin was tased eight times in 11 minutes.
"When someone comes in with meth in their system, it's obvious the tasers didn't phase him," Boen said. "Once he was cuffed, we tried to move him, then at the time, [we] had to remove the cuffs from him, which he wasn't having. We couldn't just leave him cuffed. When people have meth in their system, they don't think clear. Their strength is not that of what it would be in their right mind."
Boen said he thinks law enforcement used the best judgment in the situation.
"I think with everyone that was involved on the law enforcement side of it, we have some great officers here and for the city," he said. "I know that they would use the best judgment, and they're always going to do whatever they have to do to keep everyone safe."
Franklin's family has petitioned to file a wrongful death claim against the sheriff's office and the Ozark Police Department.
"I figured that was coming," Boen said. "They have a lot of questions and [they] are very upset about a lot of things, which is understandable. I hate it for them. I hate the way it ended. I hate it for their loss. It's just a bad situation for everyone involved."
5NEWS has reached out to the Franklin family for comment.