Case against Madison County Sheriff's office slated for Monday trial


A trial involving a Godfrey man's suit against Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz and his department is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Monday before Madison County Associate Judge Thomas Chapman.

Plaintiff Jeffrey Owen is suing Hertz, unknown Madison County sheriff's deputies, Richard Roe, Timothy Mudd, and a John Doe for damages in excess of $300,000 and costs.

According to his suit, after receiving a call from Deputy Jeremy Dunham asking him to go to a relative's home due to a domestic dispute, he returned to his own home with a minor relative on Oct. 19, 2008.

After returning home, he claims members of the sheriff's department arrived and asked to take custody of the child.

Owen claims he contacted his attorney to make sure it was the proper thing to do.

When he went to call his lawyer, he claims Mudd forced his way into his home without a warrant, grabbed him and handcuffed him.

Owen alleges Mudd kicked him and that Mudd and the other defendants in the case violated his constitutional rights.

The defendants deny the allegations.

Jarrod Beasley represents Owen.

John Gilbert represents the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-522.

More Stories