Casey’s death was ruled a homicide. An autopsy found the 52-year-old man died of psychotic delirium with physical restraint associated with heart disease.
He also suffered fractures to his seventh cervical vertebrae and the left horn of his thyroid cartilage, believed to have occurred when one deputy dropped a knee on Casey’s neck and pulled Casey’s head back, said the dead man’s attorney, Kent Spence.
The “deputies” tased him 18 times and hogtied him. They are all still working for the county.
When deputies arrived, Casey was sitting on the couch smoking a cigar with his cowboy boots propped up on the table and listening to Alan Jackson on the stereo, Spence said. Casey stood up and put his hands behind his back as deputies instructed, but protested when one of the handcuffs hurt him, Spence said.
Deputies then used a Taser on him one time, causing Casey to fall facedown on the couch, Spence said.
Another officer then zapped Casey with a 50,000-volt stun gun numerous times down his side, Spence said. All the while, Casey was yelling, “I’m your friend, don’t kill me, I’m your friend,” the attorney said.
Deputies then threw Casey down on the street in front of the police car and hogtied him before Cavitt dropped a knee on Casey’s neck and popped Casey’s head back, Spence said.
This wasn’t the only time this sort of thing has happened.