Murder Charges Filed in Shooting Death of Casey Goodson Jr.

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Murder Charges Filed in Shooting Death of Casey Goodson Jr.Justice for Casey Goodson protest, Sat. Dec. 12, 2020. Photo by Matt Ellis.
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Charges have been filed against Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade for the shooting death of Casey Goodson Jr. just under a year ago.

Meade was indicted Thursday, Dec. 2 with two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide.

In response to the announcement of charges, Goodson’s family and their attorneys announced they have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Meade and Franklin County.

On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, local media reported on the scene of an officer-involved shooting involving the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the US Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Task Force, and 23-year-old Goodson. He was shot and killed by Meade, a 17-year Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy veteran, though he was not the person the task force was searching for.

An autopsy report, released early this year, revealed Goodson was shot six times, five times in the back and once in the buttocks.

In the days after the shooting, then-Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced the United States Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and the FBI would launch concurrent federal civil rights investigations into the incident.

Goodson’s death sparked protests across the city, along with the shooting deaths of Andre Hill and Ma’Khia Bryant.

Meade has been taken into custody and awaits arraignment on Friday, Dec. 3.

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