Former deputy to go on trial for murder


By John Futty - The Columbus Dispatch



Tamala Payne, mother of Casey Goodson Jr., said she was “overwhelmed with joy” over the indictment of former deputy Jason Meade, who shot her son in the back five times, killing him.

Tamala Payne, mother of Casey Goodson Jr., said she was “overwhelmed with joy” over the indictment of former deputy Jason Meade, who shot her son in the back five times, killing him.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Franklin County, Ohio, Sheriff’s office deputy Jason Meade was indicted Thursday in the death of 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr., who was shot nearly one year ago outside his home in the Northland neighborhood of Columbus.

The indictment, issued by a Franklin County grand jury, charges Meade, 44, with two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide.

Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting, which occurred on the 3900 block of Estates Place at Goodson’s residence, just after Meade wrapped up work with a federal fugitive task force in an unsuccessful search for a suspect in the area.

Meade, a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who was a member of the SWAT team, left the sheriff’s office July 2 on disability retirement.

Mark Collins, Meade’s defense attorney, said Meade turned himself in Thursday morning and will have his initial appearance in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday.

He said Meade will plead not guilty and they intend to ask for a reasonable bond.

“The indictment was not a surprise, nor was the timing,” Collins said. “We intend to vigorously defend him and make sure he receives all the due process rights afforded to him under the Constitution.”

Very little information has been released about the shooting, for which there are no known eyewitnesses and no video. Meade was not wearing a body camera, a piece of equipment that Franklin County deputies did not and still don’t have.

Nearly a year after the fatal shooting, the sheriff’s office said Thursday it is still finalizing policy guidelines for the implementation of body cameras.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Goodson’s mother, Tamala Payne, said Thursday morning during a news conference called by the family’s attorney, Sean Walton. “My emotions are everywhere.”

Walton and Payne were flanked at the event by 15 other family members, all of whom wore shirts bearing images of Goodson.

“While we celebrate this win, we know this isn’t over,” Walton said. “We know the ultimate end game is a conviction for the murder of Casey Goodson.”

An official with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, the local police union that represents Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies, Columbus police and other local law enforcement, released a statement expressing respect for the grand-jury process, but also for Meade.

“It is not lost on us that this announcement comes only days before the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting and planned protest Saturday at City Hall,” wrote Brian A. Steel, FOP vice president. “Justice is not an outcome. Justice is a process. We continue to stand by retired deputy Meade and await the outcome of the jury trial. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all the families impacted by this incident.”

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, said in a statement Thursday morning after the grand jury indictment that he has “reminded my staff that while everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the standards for being a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy must be even higher than that of our criminal justice system.

“As law enforcement officers we must meet this higher standard because of the immense trust we ask the community to place in us. It’s vital to maintain that trust, which is why I’m asking members of my staff to review the facts from the independent investigation when we’re able to fully access them and determine how this agency can best learn from this tragedy.”

Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack hired veteran Columbus lawyers H. Tim Merkle and Gary Shroyer as special prosecutors to present the case to the grand jury.

Tyack chose not to prosecute the case himself because his office serves as the legal counsel for the sheriff’s office, and his office will have to defend the county against civil litigation relating to Goodson’s death.

Tamala Payne, mother of Casey Goodson Jr., said she was “overwhelmed with joy” over the indictment of former deputy Jason Meade, who shot her son in the back five times, killing him.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_mom.jpgTamala Payne, mother of Casey Goodson Jr., said she was “overwhelmed with joy” over the indictment of former deputy Jason Meade, who shot her son in the back five times, killing him.

By John Futty

The Columbus Dispatch

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