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November 19, 2017

10/23/2017 1:20:00 PM
Rockbridge CSB Removed From Deeds Lawsuit

WARM SPRINGS — The Rockbridge Area Community Services Board has been removed as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Sen. Creigh Deeds.

A judge ruled Thursday that the Rockbridge Area CSB is entitled to sovereign immunity from Deeds’ lawsuit. A hearing was held in Bath County Circuit Court.

Deeds filed suit in 2015 seeking $6 million from the state and the Rockbridge Area CSB. Deeds released the state from the lawsuit in July.

In his lawsuit, Deeds accused the CSB and one of its caseworkers of giving up on efforts to find space in a psychiatric hospital for his troubled 24-year-old son and then releasing him from emergency custody the night of Nov. 18, 2013.

The next morning, Austin “Gus” Deeds attacked his father, stabbing him 13 times at their Bath County farm, and then committed suicide.

Thursday’s ruling leaves Michael Gentry, who as a CSB employee was directly involved in the search for a psychiatric bed for Gus Deeds, as a defendant in the lawsuit.

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