CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County civil jury Thursday found three State Police troopers did not use excess force during a man's 2009 arrest in Logan County.
James C. Justice, of Delbarton, had sued State Police Troopers E.B. McClung, B.K. Wellman and T.D. Boggs in connection to Justice's arrest March 15, 2009.
Justice alleged the troopers used excessive force during his arrest for carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstruction. Justice alleged troopers also pushed him and then swore at him after taking him to the Logan County State Police Detachment.
A jury deliberated for approximately 50 minutes Thursday before returning a verdict clearing the troopers of excessive force allegations, according to a news release issued by State Police Lt. Michael Baylous. Robert Ryan, of Steptoe and Johnson, represented the troopers. Justice was represented by Barboursville attorney Michael Bailey.