Houston woman files wrongful death suit against Fort Bend County deputies
Kimberly Olaniyi, a Harris County woman, is suing three Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office deputies, alleging that they were responsible for the wrongful death of her son, Michael Blair, in November 2014 according to a report from the Southeast Texas Record.
Olaniyi filed a lawsuit last month in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas alleging that three Fort Bend deputies were confrontational when responding to a call in Richmond. Efforts to reach the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office for comment were unsuccessful.
Blair had a history of mental illness, and Olaniyi alleges that the deputies kicked open a door, tasered her son multiple times and accused him of having a knife, before one of the deputies shot her son.
Two separate Fort Bend County grand juries declined to indict the deputies – Tully Mangum, Robert Hartfield and J. Moore.
Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey decided to present the case to a second grand jury because a video, taken on a cell phone, was made available to the public and was considered new evidence in the case.
Grand jury proceedings in Texas are sealed, as per state law.
Olaniyi is seeking damages for “mental anguish, loss of inheritance, termination of the family relationship and expenses related to burying Blair” against each of the three defendants, as well as payment of attorney fees and court costs.