Family members of a De Soto Man who committed suicide in 2013 while being held in the Butler County Justice Center in Poplar Bluff have filed a federal lawsuit against Butler and Stoddard Counties, as well as officers in each county and a local bail bondsman. 48 year Timothy M. Lee was found dead in an isolation area, according to earlier reports lees death was “asphyxiation due to hanging”. Poplar Bluff attorney Steve Walsh filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau on behalf of Lee’s estate and his widow, Kandie Funkhouser; his mother, Freida Lee; and his son, Nathan Lee, against Butler and Stoddard counties. The complaint alleges the officers did not get Lee medical or mental treatment, nor did they place him on suicide watch or enter a monitoring order. While heading to the jail officers learned lee was out on bond for a DWI through his bonding agent, Meador of Phil Childress Bail Bonds.