Court orders deputies to pay more than $2M to victim's family - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Court orders deputies to pay more than $2M to victim's family

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's rare that a dispute with authorities leads to gunfire, but that's what happened one night outside a Cannon County home.

When it was all over, Richard Butcher was dead and his family desperately wanted justice. Now, two lawmen are being held responsible.

After testimony from family and several witnesses, the court found in favor of the family and ordered those deputies to pay more than $2 million.

Still, the victim's brother says no dollar amount can bring his best friend back.

"We just feel like we finally got some justification for what happened. We really hope that no one else has to go through what we went through," Nicholas Butcher said.

Butcher says his brother, 28-year-old Richard Butcher, was doing donuts in the yard last February when two Cannon County deputies showed up and started shooting.

"It's been very different without my brother. Me and him were roommates; we spent a lot of time together," Nicholas Butcher said.

But instead of spending time with his brother, he has been at attorney Luke Evans' office.

"I was purely shocked that officers entrusted with protecting and upholding the Constitution would have or did go out and shoot a man in his own backyard," Evans said.

Over the months, Evans and his team built a case against Sheriff's Deputies Reed Bryson and Jordan McGee. Their argument to the jury was that the two deputies violated Richard Butcher's Fourth Amendment rights.

"Rickey Butcher was on his own property doing something he had every legal right to do. These officers entered that property and shot him in the back," Evans said.

And the court seemed to agree. The deputies have been ordered to pay Butcher's family $2.25 million.

But Nicholas Butcher says the court case and his brother's death could have all been avoided.

"I hope that they won't act on impulse; maybe they'll think about what's going on and try to get some facts," he said.

Channel 4 reached out to the Cannon County Sheriff's Department but did not hear back on Tuesday.

When it comes to criminal charges, Butcher's attorney says a federal criminal investigation is still ongoing.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • What's Going Around: travel-related illnesses

    What's Going Around: travel-related illnesses

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:05 AM EDT2017-07-26 11:05:25 GMT

    Traveler's diarrhea, malaria, Zika virus, and the sicknesses goes on. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC has a long, growing list of travel advisories to many countries this summer and if you do not take early precautions, you could find yourself with What's Going Around this week. 

    More >>

    Traveler's diarrhea, malaria, Zika virus, and the sicknesses goes on. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC has a long, growing list of travel advisories to many countries this summer and if you do not take early precautions, you could find yourself with What's Going Around this week. 

    More >>
  • New DNA technology advances helps find alleged murderer in 2009 cold case

    New DNA technology advances helps find alleged murderer in 2009 cold case

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:26 PM EDT2017-07-27 00:26:08 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Monica Quaal handles DNA from crime scenes across southwest Louisiana. "We just take evidence from law enforcement agencies they collect at the scene and then we take samples from it," said Quaal the DNA technical leader at the southwest Louisiana Crime Lab.  It's samples Quaal tries to find a match for and she has been working on a case for the past seven years. The 2009 Sierra Bouzigard cold case. The DNA had been placed in CODIS, a DNA database, but...

    More >>

    Monica Quaal handles DNA from crime scenes across southwest Louisiana. "We just take evidence from law enforcement agencies they collect at the scene and then we take samples from it," said Quaal the DNA technical leader at the southwest Louisiana Crime Lab.  It's samples Quaal tries to find a match for and she has been working on a case for the past seven years. The 2009 Sierra Bouzigard cold case. The DNA had been placed in CODIS, a DNA database, but...

    More >>
  • Ideas for tackling teen violence include church activities and teen dances

    Ideas for tackling teen violence include church activities and teen dances

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-07-27 00:21:40 GMT

    A lot of recent violent crime in the Lake area has involved teens. which leads to the question what can be done to stop the violence among our youth?  A concerned citizen and statewide church group are among those working to help young people avoid trouble and find the right path. People from around the state who belong to the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions of the Baptist State Convention Inc. are in Lake Charles this week.  An event at a local church site might ...

    More >>

    A lot of recent violent crime in the Lake area has involved teens. which leads to the question what can be done to stop the violence among our youth?  A concerned citizen and statewide church group are among those working to help young people avoid trouble and find the right path. People from around the state who belong to the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions of the Baptist State Convention Inc. are in Lake Charles this week.  An event at a local church site might ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly