- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Starkville Police Department has hired a former Columbus officer who is a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2e6WhAi ) Garrett Mittan was introduced as a new Starkville officer during a Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday. That was one day after Mittan voluntarily left his job at Columbus Police Department.

Mittan is named in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the son of Ricky Ball, a 26-year-old black man shot to death in 2015 by another white former Columbus police officer, Canyon Boykin.

Boykin has pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge. He has said he shot Ball after Ball pointed a gun at him.

The civil lawsuit claims a gun belonging to Mittan was planted near Ball’s body. Mittan has not been indicted.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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