Slain guy’s own circle of relatives wishes match in opposition to Ohio deputy to proceed

The own circle of relatives of a Black guy shot via way of means of an Ohio sheriff’s deputy has requested a federal courtroom docket to prevent delaying their wrongful loss of life lawsuit in opposition to the deputy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The own circle of relatives of a Black guy shot via way of means of an Ohio sheriff’s deputy requested a federal courtroom docket on Wednesday to prevent delaying their wrongful loss of life lawsuit in opposition to the deputy.

Authorities say Casey Goodson Jr., 23, turned into shot withinside the again as he entered his grandmother’s residence in overdue 2020. Deputy Jason Meade, who’s white, has pleaded now no longer responsible to homicide and reckless murder withinside the capturing.

Meade’s lawyer says Goodson pointed a gun and left out a command to drop it. Goodson’s own circle of relatives notes he turned into certified to hold a gun, however says he turned into maintaining a bag of sandwiches on the time.

A federal choose paused the civil rights lawsuit in opposition to Meade and Franklin County till after the crook case. The officer had argued that concurrently protecting himself in each instances could positioned him in a no-win situation.

With the crook trial driven again repeatedly, the delays are prejudicing the own circle of relatives’s civil case as their attorneys wait to keep the technique of investigating facts, proof and ability witnesses, stated Sean Walton, an lawyer for Goodson’s own circle of relatives. At least one character with applicable statistics approximately the day of the capturing has died, Walton stated.

Franklin County’s prosecutor and board of commissioners stated Wednesday they aren’t commenting at the pending instances.

At a press convention Wednesday, Walton additionally disclosed that Goodson’s own circle of relatives observed his AirPods wi-fi headphones on the scene after different proof have been amassed and gave them to authorities. He stated the own circle of relatives believes it is probable Goodson turned into sporting the headphones and being attentive to song that day, and could not pay attention any shouted instructions from the officer.

Walton stated the put off withinside the civil case has stored their lawyers from gaining knowledge of extra approximately whether or not the proof gathered, consisting of Goodson’s smartphone, may offer similarly statistics approximately that.