Wrongful death lawsuit against Blount County Sheriff’s deputy moving forward

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A federal court judge is allowing a portion of a wrongful death lawsuit against a Blount County Sheriff’s deputy to go forward.

This after a man died following an arrest back in July 2016.

Part of the encounter was captured on dash cam footage, 25-year old Anthony Edwards can be heard repeating, ‘I’m having a seizure’. 

An autopsy later revealing blunt force injuries to Edwards’ head as the cause of death.

Court paperwork shows federal judge Pamela Reeves dismissed some parts of it. This means the deputies involved and Blount County’s sheriff can’t be sued through their jobs but the lawsuit can continue against the deputies as individuals.

One of those deputies, James Patty, was arrested in a child sex sting. He was later fired from his post. The other deputy is identified in the lawsuit as Jerry Burns.

When we first brought you this case, the sheriff told us his office stands by the investigation conducted by the district attorney’s office, noting that the DA did not move forward with any criminal charges.

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