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VOL. 124 | NO. 127 | Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Shooting Victim’s Father Seeks Workers’ Comp, Death Benefits

By Andy Meek

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The father of a man shot to death by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy last year in an East Memphis karaoke bar has filed a complaint in Shelby County Circuit Court seeking workers’ compensation benefits for his son.

Florida resident Carson Munsey, the father of slain disc jockey Donald Munsey, is the personal representative of his son’s estate, according to the court filing.

In May, former sheriff’s deputy Chris Jones was convicted of second-degree murder in the case. The shooting happened a little after midnight in March 2008 at the Windjammer Restaurant and Lounge at 786 E. Brookhaven Circle.

The complaint Munsey’s father filed Friday doesn’t mention how much he is seeking on his son’s behalf, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. In the court filing, Munsey’s father argues his son was shot and killed while acting in the scope of his work at the Windjammer.

“Prior to filing this action, Plaintiff submitted his workers’ compensation claim to the Tennessee Department of Labor’s benefit review process, (and that) process has been exhausted without the parties being able to agree on any of the issues in dispute herein,” the complaint reads.

In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, Munsey also is seeking medical and funeral expenses related to his son’s death, as well as death benefits in accordance with state law, according to the complaint.

Carson Munsey’s attorneys from the Memphis firm of McWhirter, Wyatt & Elder PLLC were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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