Judge sets trial date in wrongful death lawsuit

Ricky Keeton was shot to death in 2015 in Monroe County.

Posted: Jan 5, 2018 4:32 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A federal judge has set a trial date in the wrongful death lawsuit filed over the shooting death of a man by Monroe County law enforcement officers.

The family of 57-year-old Ricky Keeton says deputies did not have enough probable cause to get a no-knock search warrant for his home between Amory and Smithville back in October 2015.

The lawsuit says Keeton heard a noise and had a pellet pistol in his hand when he was shot through the door of his home.

Keeton was struck six times and died near the bedroom of his home.

Deputies and narcotics agents had surrounded the home around 1 a.m. on October 28, 2015, and the lawsuit says 49 gunshots were fired through the door and walls of the mobile home.

Keeton’s family also says the sheriff’s department was wrong to seize property as proceeds from drug sales.

The trial has been reset for July 30th in Aberdeen.

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