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Former deputy arraigned on murder charges

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The Ohio sheriff's deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of murder and reckless homicide almost one year after the killing of Goodson on Dec. 4, 2020. A magistrate also set bond for defendant Jason Meade at $250,000, which Meade's attorney said he expected Meade to post Friday. The shooting of Goodson, who was Black, by Meade, a longtime deputy—now retired—who is white, led to protests in Columbus and many lingering questions, in part because the killing wasn't recorded on body or dash camera footage. Meade's lawyer, Mark Collins, says the deputy fired when Goodson pointed a gun at him. Goodson's family has never denied that Goodson might have been carrying a gun, but has noted he also had a license to carry a firearm.


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