Ohio sheriff's deputy charged with murder for shooting Black man in the back

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A placard speechmaking "Convict Jason Meade of Murder" is pictured arsenic radical protestation successful absorption to the decease of Casey Goodson, a 23-year-old Black antheral who was killed by constabulary arsenic helium entered his home, successful Columbus, Ohio, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Seth Herald/File Photo

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Dec 2 (Reuters) - A erstwhile sheriff's lawman successful Columbus, Ohio, was charged with execution connected Thursday successful the December 2020 shooting decease of a 23-year-old Black man, who was changeable successful his backmost 5 times arsenic helium entered his home.

Former Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Meade, 44, who is achromatic and retired pursuing the shooting, faces 2 counts of execution and 1 number of reckless homicide for sidesplitting Casey Goodson, according to the expansive assemblage indictment filed successful Franklin County court.

The sidesplitting past twelvemonth sparked protests amid a question of radical justness demonstrations that called for accountability for instrumentality enforcement officers who weapon down Black men successful the United States.

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Special prosecutors Gary Shroyer and H. Tim Merkle said successful a written connection that the charges followed an probe by the Columbus constabulary department, an FBI corruption and civilian rights squad, and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.

Meade turned himself successful connected Thursday and volition person his archetypal quality successful Franklin County Municipal Court connected Friday, his attorney, Mark Collins, said successful an emailed statement. He volition plead not guilty.

Goodson was changeable successful his backmost 5 times and was deed erstwhile successful his buttock by bullets, according to the coroner's study released successful March, which ruled the decease a homicide.

More details astir the shooting stay murky. Meade was not wearing a assemblage camera and determination are nary known oculus witnesses to the incident.

Meade was moving for a U.S. Marshals Service task unit astatine the clip of the Dec. 4, 2020, shooting. He was helping hunt for a fugitive, who was ne'er captured, erstwhile helium saw Goodson successful the Northland vicinity of Columbus.

Meade's lawyer Collins said successful his Thursday connection that Goodson was seen by his lawsuit erratically waving a weapon astir arsenic Goodson drove a car, and that helium had pointed the limb astatine Meade.

The lawman gave a elaborate relationship of what was happening to different members of the fugitive task unit squad via radio, Collins said. Fellow officers arrived to supply backup, but nary witnessed the shooting. Meade followed Goodson arsenic helium made his mode home. He fired connected Goodson aft the fishy raised his limb with his close manus and pointed it toward Meade, according to Collins.

But Sean Walton, a lawyer for Goodson's family, said by telephone that those details amounted to an "implausible story" manufactured by Meade, who helium said was hopeless to flight conviction.

Walton said Goodson had nary transgression grounds and determination had ne'er been immoderate reports of him behaving successful immoderate benignant of erratic mode with his gun.

"Meade's communicative makes nary sense," Walton said. "Casey was a concealed transportation licence holder due to the fact that helium believed successful pursuing the law, and helium cherished his close to carnivore arms."

Goodson's household has said that helium was returning location from a dentist assignment with 3 sandwiches successful his manus erstwhile helium was changeable by Meade.

Goodson's mother, Tamala Payne, said successful media interviews past twelvemonth that her lad was equipped astatine the clip of the shooting, and confirmed that helium had a concealed transportation license.

During a property league connected Thursday, Payne said she was "overwhelmed with joy" pursuing Meade's indictment.

The household connected Thursday filed a national civilian rights suit against Meade and Franklin County successful U.S. District Court successful Columbus, Walton said.

Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said successful a connection aft the indictment was announced that everyone is presumed guiltless until proven guilty, but that helium was calling connected his unit to rise standards and "determine however this bureau tin champion larn from this tragedy."

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Reporting by Brad Brooks successful Lubbock, Texas; Edited by Colleen Jenkins and Daniel Wallis

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