Fired deputy sues Madison County Sheriff's Office, DA

Published: Dec. 7, 2015 at 8:26 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2016 at 8:26 PM CST
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A former Madison County deputy is suing the sheriff's office and district attorney.

Steve Parton's lawsuit claims he is, in effect, being made a fall guy.

Parton is suing after he was fired from the sheriff's office, following charges for an error involving a handgun at the scene of Jason Klonowski's murder.

Klonowski was found dead at his home in Madison County in 2013. Klonowski was killed shortly after holding a rally in support of Robert Bryant, who was beaten by Madison County deputies.

MORE: FBI continues investigation into Klonowski's murder

Parton was suspended and eventually fired before later being charged with stealing a gun from a crime scene.

A judge threw those charges out in 2014.

Parton's lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Sheriff Blake Dorning and 12 members of the Sheriff's office, as well as District Attorney Rob Broussard and two members of the district attorney's office.

Parton's lawsuit states former deputy Justin Watson was never prosecuted in Madison County for the beating of Bryant in 2013, but he is now facing trial on federal charges related to the case.

No one has ever been arrested for Klonowski's murder.

So far, no date has been set in federal court for Parton's lawsuit to be heard.

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