By Associated Press - Monday, May 2, 2016

CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) - A Carroll County teenager is suing for more than $3 million in damages, saying sheriff’s deputies improperly arrested him for a 2013 burglary when they knew he was at church.

The Greenwood Commonwealth ( reports that Bobby Glen Grisham III, through his guardian Marion E. Grantham, filed the federal suit March 31. It names former Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver and deputies Rod Banks, Brad Carver and Lee Taylor as defendants.

Carroll County, in an answer filed last week, says the claim is barred under state law, that deputies acted reasonably, and that the suit should be thrown out for other reasons.

Grisham says Carver had him arrested out of malice for a second burglary he didn’t commit, claiming Carver and Banks had “personal knowledge” that he was at Carrollton Baptist Church at the time of the second incident.

Grisham admits in the lawsuit that he took part in a Nov. 17, 2013, burglary of the J.Z. George High School field house and drove an all-terrain vehicle off school property. According to the lawsuit, Grisham later abandoned the allterrain vehicle, took a truck, and continued his joyriding.

He turned himself in to authorities “on or about” Nov. 20 and confessed his guilt regarding the J.Z. George burglary and the theft of the two vehicles and joyriding.

Grisham was charged with burglary of commercial property, motor vehicle theft for the allterrain vehicle and the truck, and malicious mischief.

The teen was arrested and spent four days in the juvenile detention center after the second burglary, but the lawsuit says he has yet to be charged in connection with the incident.

Grisham alleges a conspiracy among the law enforcement officers against him, stating that Carver remarked to Skipper Grantham, “You and your damn grandson, I’m going to get you,” which the lawsuit alleges led to Grisham’s arrest for the Nov. 20 breakin. The former sheriff is alleged to have implemented careless and reckless policies that allowed the deputies to violate state law by securing a warrant based upon false information.

Carver declined to comment on the case without consulting with his attorney. Kevin Horan, attorney for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, said, “We’re investigating it.”


Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth,

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