A Madison County jury has sided in favor of a Madison County Sheriff's Deputy in a civil suit filed following a domestic incident at a man's home. That man, 53 year old Jeffrey Owen of Godfrey, alleged a deputy used excessive force and illegally entered his home and violated his civil rights during an incident in October 2008. A jury found in favor of the deputy at the conclusion of the three-day trial this week.
Police were called to Owen's residence on October 19, 2008, after the father of a 15 year old girl wanted his daughter to leave Owen's residence. The child is the daughter of Owen's cousin who was staying with him after the 15 year old's mother was arrested for allegedly striking the girl. Police say Owen refused to allow them entry to the home or check on the welfare of the girl and said he wanted to speak to his attorney. At that point, Owen claims sheriff's deputy Timothy Mudd forced his way into the home, took Owen to the floor and placed him in handcuffs. Owen's suit accused Mudd of using excessive force, and entered his home illegally. Owen was originally charged with battery, obstruction and resisting arrest, but he was acquitted in Madison County Court. The jury this week ruled that Deputy Mudd was not negligent and was simply doing his job. Owen is the director of the Hayner Public Library District.