A Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) security guard was placed on diversion Friday for three years for pushing an unruly passenger who struck his head and died of complications three months later.
52-year old Adicus Mitchell pled guilty in March to aggravated assault involving serious bodily injury to bus passenger 69-year old Robert Gray, who had been making obscene remarks to a female passenger and who Mitchell was trying to remove from the bus.
The incident occurred around 11 a.m. on May 6, 2014, at the MATA bus terminal at 444 N. Main St. where a bus driver notified Mitchell that he had an unruly passenger on board.
An audio-video recording showed Mitchell and Gray exchanging words in a confrontation that ended with Mitchell forcefully shoving Gray out the front door. Gray landed face first on the concrete.
Gray was hospitalized in critical condition and two months later was transferred to a long-term care facility where he died on Aug. 3, 2014. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be complications from blunt force head trauma.
On Friday, Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee granted Mitchell’s request for diversion, a special form of probation that will erase the conviction from his record upon completion of three years of good behavior and following certain conditions set by the court.