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May 26, 2022

Treasurer Candidate Missy Haynes A Named Defendant In Lawsuit Against Shelby County Sheriff’s, Advanced Correctional Healthcare Inc. Moves Forward –

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On May 13, 2022

Shelby Co. (ECWd) –

A year ago we covered the lawsuit naming the Shelby County Sheriff and several employees as defendants including Missy Haynes who is now running for County Treasurer.

Nicholas Banning filed the federal civil rights case in April of 2021against Sheriff Koonze, Advanced Correctional Healthcare Inc, and Corrections Officers Cwenton Williams, Tonya Atteberry, Devon Durbin, Megan Warner, Melissa Haynes, Brandon Gatton, Chris Zakowski, and Diane Burkhead.  A third amended complaint has also named current Sheriff Brian McReynolds in a Monell Claim.

As the case progressed, ACH Inc, former Sheriff Koonce, and current Sheriff McReynolds filed a Motion to Dismiss Counts I and III found at this link and an answer with affirmative defenses found at this link.  We encourage everyone to read all the documents involved as some of the answers may be problematic for the defendants.

On May 10, 2022, the Judge denied those motions which now means this case moves into the discovery phase that will include depositions of those involved.

A copy of the Case Management document and denials of the motions to dismiss can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.

Case Management Order - Denial of Motion to Dismiss

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