A new trial date and location have been set in the lawsuit against the City of Southaven by the family of a man who died while being detained during a 2015 Widespread Panic concert at Snowden Grove Park.
The civil suit against the city was filed by the family of Troy Goode, a 30-year-old Memphis chemical engineer held by Southaven officers while behaving erratically near the BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove.
The trial, last set to begin this month, has been moved to July 23, 2018 in U.S. District Court in Greenville, according to the attorney’s office representing the Goode family.
The civil trial seeks damages against the city, its police and fire departments and Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.
Goode was being held for his behavior near the concert site in July 2015. Officers suspected Goode was under the influence of LSD, detained and later look him to Baptist-DeSoto, where he died.
Autopsy results that reached District Attorney John Champion’s desk ruled Goode’s death was the result of pulmonary edema, a heart problem, caused in part by Goode's use of LSD at the concert.
Champion added he was not pursuing charges against the officers because of the autopsy results, believing the officers’ actions did not contribute to his death.
Goode’s family, however, believes the officers’ handling of Goode in the restraint and dispatch to the hospital amounted to what was termed “hog-tying” him.
They claim the way he was held led to his death, that Goode had trouble breathing and was suffocating for a long period of time during the time he was being held by police.
The family has admitted Goode, and others, were using LSD ahead of his erratic behavior and episode with police officers.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.