Report: Trial set for Darrius Stewart wrongful death lawsuit

LocalMemphis reporting that trial set for next June.

Lee Eric Smith | 6/17/2017, 11:11 a.m.
LocalMemphis reporting that trial set for next June.
Darrius Stewart Connor Schilling

There may yet be justice for the family of Darrius Stewart.

LocalMemphis.com is reporting that June 18 will mark the start of a federal wrongful death lawsuit between the family of Darrius Stewart and the City of Memphis. Kim Chaney reports for LocalMemphis.com:

Attorneys for Stewart’s family filed the suit last July, and are seeking a little more than $17 million in damages.

In July 2015, then Memphis Police Officer Connor Schilling shot and killed the unarmed 19-year-old. Authorities said Stewart had outstanding warrants in two states and attacked Schilling when he tried to put him in handcuffs.

The lawsuit contends Schilling used excessive force when authorities said he fired two shots, killing Stewart, moments after cell phone video captured the two fighting in the 5700 block of Winchester. Attorneys for Stewart’s family also allege the teenager's death could have been prevented had the city of Memphis provided Schilling with better training.

A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit, setting up a legal showdown between a grieving family and the city of Memphis.

In March 2016, MPD granted Schilling a line of duty retirement, which will pay him a little more than $1100 twice a month.

We will follow up on this story with updates as they unfold . . .