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Trial date set for former Franklin County sheriff deputy accused of murdering Casey Goodson Jr.

Casey Goodson Jr. was killed by a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy last Friday.
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Former Franklin County Sheriff SWAT Deputy Jason Meade will stand trial for the murder of Casey Goodson Jr. in October, almost three years after he shot and killed Goodson in December 2020.

Meade is charged with murder and reckless homicide after he shot Goodson six times as Goodson entered his grandmother's home in Columbus. Meade pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2021.

Authorities said Meade was conducting a search as part of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force when he encountered 23-year-old Goodson, who was neither the suspect the task force was looking for, nor the subject of any investigation.

Meade's lawyer Mark Collins said Goodson pointed a gun at Meade during the encounter. Goodson's relatives dispute this and say Goodson was not carrying a gun in his hands.

Meade was a 17-year veteran of the sheriff's office and was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, before taking disability retirement in July 2021.

Jurors will come in Oct. 27 and the trial is set to begin on Oct. 30.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.