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Shooting suit moves to federal court

February 17, 2006
by David Fuller

Albany - A lawsuit against a South Georgia city is moved to U.S. District Court.

Defendants James Freeman and David Zigan requested the change from Baker Superior Court.

The lawsuit was filed by Markeita Bullard, the now-mayor of Newton, claiming Freeman and Zigan violated her husband, Hershel's, civil rights when they shot and killed him outside his home in October.

The police say Bullard fired first. Zigan was shot twice. Freeman has resigned from the Newton Police Department; Zigan's status is uncertain.

The GBI report says the officers acted appropriately, but a Baker County grand jury indicted Freeman and Zigan in November on one count each of involuntary manslaughter.