Closing arguments begin in wrongful death trial of Cottageville mayor

Closing arguments begin in wrongful death trial of Cottageville mayor

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Closing arguments are set to begin Wednesday in the wrongful death trial of a former Cottageville Mayor.

Mayor Bert Reeves was shot and killed by then Cottageville Police Officer Randall Price during a confrontation in May 2011. A lawsuit filed by Reeves' family against the town claims Reeves was targeted by Price.

The trial began October 1 in federal court in downtown Charleston.

The family claims the officer showed reckless behavior during the fight and shooting.

The suit says that it was inexcusable for the town to hire an officer with a tarnished badge to work for the department.

Price's work history includes multiple firings, allegations of misconduct and claims of brutality.

The suit is asking for actual and punitive damages, but no specific dollar amount.

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