Murder Charge For Ohio Deputy In Casey Goodson Jr. Killing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. within the again 5 occasions was charged Thursday with homicide in an encounter that’s nonetheless largely unexplained and concerned no physique digicam or sprint cam footage.

The deadly taking pictures of Goodson, who was Black, passed off in Columbus on Dec. four whereas Jason Meade, a white 17-year member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, was ending an unsuccessful seek for a fugitive as a part of his work for a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive job pressure.

Goodson was not the topic of the fugitive search. While U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin initially mentioned Meade, who has since retired, confronted Goodson after Goodson drove by and waved a gun on the deputy, he later withdrew these feedback, saying they’d been primarily based on “insufficient information.”

Tobin additionally mentioned Meade was “not performing a mission” for the marshals on the time of the taking pictures.

Relatives say Goodson was opening the door to his grandmother’s home on the time he was shot. Officials mentioned {that a} gun was recovered from the scene however haven’t offered additional particulars.

The Franklin County coroner mentioned in March that Goodson had been shot 5 occasions within the again.

A choose scheduled an preliminary listening to for Meade on Friday. A message was left with Meade’s legal professional, who has beforehand mentioned that the coroner’s report has no bearing on what truly occurred that day.

The case stays underneath legal investigation by the U.S. legal professional’s workplace with assist from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Meade retired July 2 on incapacity. The deputy had been on administrative depart from the sheriff’s workplace for the reason that taking pictures.

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin had beforehand mentioned the post-mortem didn’t “provide all of the facts needed,” and that he’ll wait till the legal investigation is full earlier than pursuing any disciplinary motion towards Meade.

In June, Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack appointed two exterior prosecutors to analyze for the reason that county prosecutor’s workplace serves as authorized counsel to the sheriff’s workplace and anticipates having to defend the county and the regulation enforcement company on this case.