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Trial Date Set in Federal Shooting Lawsuit

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city of Booneville and two city police officers has been set for trial in 2015 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

A local newspaper reports the trial is now set for Feb. 23, 2015. A status conference is set for April 1.

The family of David Andrew Curtiss has sued the city of Booneville and police officers Rusty McCoy and Brian Mays.

Authorities say Curtiss died April 23, 2012, after being shot during an altercation with officers outside the home of Curtiss’ ex-wife in Booneville.

The family argues in the lawsuit that Curtiss was unarmed, posed no threat to officers and was complying with officers’ orders when he was shot first with a stun gun and then with a handgun while incapacitated.