Former sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade charged with murder in the death of Casey Goodson Jr.

Goodson’s family, along with attorney Sean Walton, will take part in a press conference today at 11 a.m.

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Casey Goodson with one of his nine siblings

Almost a year after Jason Meade shot and killed Casey Goodson Jr., 23, the former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide for the shooting, which took place on Dec. 4, 2020.

Meade, a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, retired from the force in July; prior to his retirement, he had been on administrative leave since the shooting, which occurred after Meade completed an unsuccessful search for a fugitive with the U.S. Marshals Office fugitive task force. Goodson was not the subject of the search, and U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin said Meade was “not performing a mission” for the marshals at the time of the shooting. 

Relatives have maintained that the 23-year-old was carrying sandwiches while trying to enter the family's North Side home when Meade shot him, and the Franklin County Coroner's Office reported that Goodson was shot six times in the torso, five of them in his back. No footage of the exchange between the two exists, as Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are not equipped with body cameras.

Goodson’s family, along with attorney Sean Walton, will take part in a press conference to discuss the charges today (Thursday, Dec. 2) at 11 a.m. The press conference will be held at the Huntington Empowerment Center, 774 Mt. Vernon 

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In the months since the shooting, Goodson’s mother, Tamala Payne, has maintained a ritual, posting daily photos and videos of her son to social media “to keep his name alive, his character alive,” she said in an October interview with Alive.

“They can’t diminish his character. They can’t assassinate his character,” Payne said. “I have pictures and videos of Casey in every light of his life from the time he was born until the moment his life was taken. In every picture of Casey you see the humanity, you see the love, you see the dignity, you see that he was family oriented. And you see nothing but that. And as long as I’m giving that to the people, and as long as they see me fighting and standing strong and keeping my momentum, then they’ll continue to fight with us.”