Security guard placed on diversion in MATA passenger death case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Security guard placed on diversion in MATA passenger death case

Adicus Mitchell (Source: MPD) Adicus Mitchell (Source: MPD)

A former security guard, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a passenger who later died from his injuries, was placed on diversion for three years, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Adicus Mitchell, 52, pleaded guilty in March to assaulting bus passenger Robert Gray, 69, who had made obscene remarks to a female passenger and who Mitchell tried to remove from the bus.

The incident happened on May 6, 2014 at the MATA bus terminal in Downtown Memphis. A bus driver notified Mitchell that he had an unruly passenger, Gray, according to Weirich.

MATA said Mitchell was a contract employee and not technically an employee for MATA.

Investigators said an audio-video showed Mitchell and Gray exchanging words, which ended in Mitchell forcefully pushing Gray out the bus’ front door. Gray landed face first on the concrete, motionless.

Police said Gray was hospitalized in critical condition and later died from his injuries. The medical examiner said his death stemmed from complications from blunt force head trauma.

Friday, a judge granted Mitchell’s request for a diversion, a special form of probation that will erase the conviction from record upon completion of three years good behavior, as well as following certain conditions set by the court.

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