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People depart from Goodale Park with signs reading "Justice for Casey" during a protest in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A former Franklin County sheriff's deputy was indicted Thursday on murder charges related to the death of Casey Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old Black man shot and killed in Columbus, Ohio.

Why it matters: Jason Meade, 44, was indicted on two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide. The indictment comes almost a year after the 23-year-old was killed. The former sheriff's deputy is expected to plead not guilty to all charges, his lawyer said.

  • Meade turned himself in Thursday morning, Meade's lawyer, Mark Collins, said.

Catch up quick: The circumstances surrounding the Dec. 4 shooting are disputed, as Meade was not wearing a body camera.

  • He was serving on the sheriff's office SWAT team on an unrelated assignment when he allegedly saw Goodson in a vehicle waving a gun at officers, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
  • An autopsy report said Goodson was shot in the left and right sides of his back, twice in the mid-back and in his buttocks.
  • Law enforcement officers noted that Goodson was not the person being sought by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force.

What they're saying: "Good to see former Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade charged with murder and reckless homicide," Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin said in a tweet.

  • "I hope it gives the Goodson family momentary relief as we approach the 1-year anniversary of Casey's murder," he added.
  • "This office has a professional obligation to do everything in its power to ensure the community and our deputies are kept safe," Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said in a statement.
  • "As I’ve said from the very beginning, I pray for everyone involved in this tragedy," he continued.
  • “What we all need to remember is just like Casey Goodson’s family has demanded justice, so does Jason Meade and his family,” Collins said.

What to watch: Meade is slated to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court Friday, per BuzzFeed.

Go deeper: Federal authorities investigating police killing of Black man in Ohio

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Columbus police chief Elaine Bryant, left, and assistant chief LaShanna Potts are seen at an anti-violence rally at Columbus City Hall earlier this year. Photo: Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Columbus city leaders are asking for the public's help in solving a deadly shooting that left three people dead Tuesday evening, including two young siblings.

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University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement in sex abuse case

Jon Vaughn, a former University of Michigan and NFL football player, speaks at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., in June 2021. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The University of Michigan on Wednesday reached a $490 million settlement with over a thousand survivors who allege that they were sexually assaulted by a former physician in the school's athletic department.

Driving the news: "It's been a long and challenging journey and these survivors have refused to remain silent," attorney Parker Stinar said Wednesday.