Family says police killed relative in custody
SALINE COUNTY (KATV) - The family of an East End man who died while being detained say they were lied to by authorities and want justice. It's been two years since Casey Babovec was arrested during a DWI traffic stop. He died before being booked.
Casey Babovec, 30, was taken to the Saline County jail on April 13, 2011. In a matter of hours, he was dead.
When family in Arkansas and Texas got the devastating news - they say they were told he was found unresponsive in his cell. As they dealt with the tragedy, the news stories, footage and autopsy report showed there was more to it than what they were told.
March 17, 2013 nearly two years after Casey Babovec died, his family posted a YouTube video, it is the moments leading up to his death.
His younger sister, Kellie Coffey lives in Texas and spoke to us by phone. She says, "I never ever wanted other people to see how he was treated the last few minutes of this life, but two years later, nothing has been done."
There was reportedly an altercation in his cell. When officers opened the door, you can see Babovec coming out. Coffey says, "His heart did not just stop and they did not just find him that way. I think the video shows that very clearly." She adds, "I get sick every time I have to think about it."
She says the autopsy report reflects the manner in which he is treated in the video and it is the main reason the family is taking legal action. "Our whole purpose is that justice be served, that these people are held accountable for what they did."
Channel Seven will not show you, but the four minute video ends with officers dragging a motionless Babovec to another room. Coffey adds, "I don't want someone else's family to have to go through what we're going through."
Channel Seven has not received a call back from the Saline County Sheriff's Office or the State Crime Lab for the autopsy report. Right now, it's the family saying Babovec died as a direct result of the treatment from officers.
At the time of the incident, police said when they found Babovec unresponsive, they did CPR, used an AED and transported him to the Saline County Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead.
Stay with katv.com and Channel Seven for developments in this case.