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Louisville, KY: (Feb-16-08) Angela Bouggess, the mother of Michael Newby, brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro government, after Officer McKenzie Mattingly fatally shot him in the back in a 2004 incident. The shooting reportedly occurred after a drug bust gone awry. Bouggess accused Mattingly of using excessive force when he fatally shot the 19-year-old after a scuffle. Records show that Police Chief Robert White fired Mattingly after an internal investigation found he did not face an immediate threat and had other options besides shooting. But a Jefferson Circuit Court jury acquitted Mattingly of murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide, and the city was forced to rescind his firing and give him $59,000 in back pay, though he didn't return to the force.

In a recent development in the case, sources revealed that the Louisville Metro government has agreed to pay $250,000 to the estate of Michael Newby, resolving the wrongful death lawsuit. Angela Bouggess stated that she decided to settle to avoid the risk of a trial and prolonged delays if a verdict was appealed. [COURIER JOURNAL: FATAL SHOOTING]

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Published on Feb-18-08


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