Former MATA security guard pleads guilty in passenger death

Former MATA security guard pleads guilty in passenger death

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A former MATA security guard pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after he injured an unruly passenger who later died.

According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, 51-year-old Adicus Mitchell confronted a passenger at the MATA bus terminal on North Main Street on May 6, 2014.

A bus driver told Mitchell that Robert Gray, 69, made obscene remarks to a woman on the bus and was slow in exiting the bus. A video recording showed Mitchell and Gray arguing with each other. Mitchell then pushed Gray out the door. Gray landed face-first and lay motionless on the concrete.

Gray was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He died three months later of complications from blunt force head trauma.

Mitchell was banned from returning to work at the bus terminal shortly after the incident. He worked with Pro-Tech, which had a security contract with MATA.

Mitchell faces three to six years in prison. He is eligible to seek diversion or probation. He will be sentenced April 1.

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