Guilty of  murder, sues sheriff’s office

Travis Roe

A man who pleaded guilty to the beating death of a Lake Region man in 2019 is suing the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that deputies used excessive force when arresting him.

In a federal lawsuit, Travis Roe claims he did not resist nor pose a threat to officers when he exited his truck with his hands in the air after deputies rammed his vehicle during a felony stop. The complaint adds that deputies unnecessarily beat and kicked him.

Roe, along with six others, was charged in the beating death of Stephen Perry in 2019. Prosecutors said the defendants beat the victim into a coma with baseball bats. The victim was later taken off life support and died.

Roe pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last October in the case. He has yet to be sentenced.

More on this story later from the Telegraph-Times-Monitor