Lawsuit filed by DeAunta Farrow's mother dismissed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lawsuit filed by DeAunta Farrow's mother dismissed

A federal judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday that was filed by the mother of a 12-year-old West Memphis boy shot to death by a police officer.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed the lawsuit filed by Deborah Farrow, mother of DeAunta Farrow. Wright said Deborah Farrow did not have standing because she hadn't been appointed administrator of the boy's estate when she filed the suit in July.

Farrow and the boy's father, Robin Perkins, have since been appointed co-administrators of DeAunta's estate.

The boy was shot to death June 22 by West Memphis police Officer Erik Sammis, who was on a stakeout. Prosecutors decided not to file charges, saying that DeAunta was holding a toy replica of a gun.

The boy's family says DeAunta was holding a soda and a bag of chips.

Wright's order, issued Friday, said the lawsuit was not brought by an "appointed personal representative" of the boy.

"Therefore, at the time plaintiff filed this action, she did not have standing to pursue the claims against defendants," Wright's order said.

Bob Paudert, Chief of Police in West Memphis, was happy about the ruling.

"That's a tremendous relief for us to hear that the judge has dismissed the Farrow lawsuit," he said. "We're excited about it."

Paudert called for healing after the ruling.

"We hope and I hope that the (West Memphis) City Council will now put this behind us," he said.

Not so fast, according to Deborah Farrow's attorney, Javier Bailey.

"They couldn't possibly think we would stop there," he said.

Bailey insisted late Friday that the lawsuit was still on, and that he would up the ante.

"We actually increased it from $150 milion to $225 million," he said.

Bailey said he refiled the suit Friday with DeAunta's mother, brother, and father, Robin Perkins.

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