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Family files wrongful death suit in case of teen shot by police

Officers were cleared of wrongdoing


A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Shelbyville teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer.

Almost a year ago, police used a Taser on 18-year-old Trey Williams and then shot him to death at a home in Clifton Courts in Shelbyville.

Officers said they thought Williams broke into the house, but later found out Williams’ grandmother lived in the house.

Graphic video of the incident was recorded by the officers involved.

Early this year, a grand jury ruled the officers were justified to shoot the teen.

However, a federal lawsuit claimed officers Frank Willoughby and Suzanne Marcum were negligent and reckless and that the officers failed to follow the law by not getting a warrant and using excessive force.

"I just don't see how you can justify any of it. None of it makes sense," Stephanie Williams, Trey Williams’ mother, said.

Family members said justice has not been served.

"It can’t bring him back, but at least give him peace. Let him rest and let us rest," Stephanie Williams said.

"We don't think you acted in good faith. We don't want the policemen locked up. We don't want them in the penitentiary, however we do want monetary damage for the life of this young man," said the family’s attorney, Frank Mascagni.

The police department and the city of Shelbyville are named in the suit.