Trial date in fatal Jonesboro patrol car shooting

JONESBORO (AP) - A federal judge has set a trial date in a lawsuit brought by the mother of a 21-year-old who authorities say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the backseat of a police car.

Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Jonesboro. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker set trial to start sometime during the week of Dec. 1, 2014.

Carter shot himself in July 2012. Officers said they searched Carter twice without finding a gun, but later noticed him slumped over and bleeding in the back of a patrol car.

An autopsy concluded that Carter shot himself in the head while he was under the influence of meth, but his family last year demanded more answers about his death.

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