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Ex-Pitt sheriff's deputy found negligent in husband's death

Posted October 6, 2011

— A $500,000 settlement has been reached after a jury decided that negligence by a former Pitt County sheriff's deputy resulted in the death of her husband almost six years ago.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported (http://bit.ly/q0sW5l) that a jury deliberated less than an hour before reaching that verdict Wednesday in the civil trial of Michelle Pollard.

Her husband, Stacey Pollard, was found dead in his swimming pool on Nov. 18, 2005. He suffered from a seizure disorder, and his death was ruled accidental. Stacey Pollard's mother, Barbara Pollard, had filed a wrongful death suit against his wife.

Defense attorney Kathryn Fagan stressed that the decision indicated only that the jury thought Michelle Pollard did not do all she could to save her husband's life.

The $500,000 settlement for compensatory damages was later reached between the parties. Michelle Pollard's attorney said that she is in bankruptcy and isn't able to pay the settlement.

David Sutton, Barbara Pollard's attorney, told WNCT News that he might pursue other legal action and that the Pitt County Sheriff's Office "covered up" the circumstances of Stacey Pollard's death.

Michelle Pollard was fired by the sheriff's office in 2009 for violating ethical standards. As a lieutenant, she was head of the department's anti-gang unit.

Michelle Pollard denied accusations that she smoked marijuana and said she couldn't remember if she took off her shirt during a wet T-shirt contest, claiming that someone drugged her beer when she was in a local bar.


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  • airbornemonty Oct 6, 2011

    It is true that the mother will never see a penny and she doesn't care.

    What she wanted was for Pollard to be branded like a steer and anywhere Pollard applies for a job the stigma will always be there, it never goes away.

  • MindOvaMatter Oct 6, 2011

    Soooooo, where's her PICTURE? I'm just saying........

  • hunter38 Oct 6, 2011

    They can file all the lawsuits they want.....sounds like no one will get anything......she is out of work, filed for bankruptcy...so who wins?

  • toofarout Oct 6, 2011

    Most LEO's won't leave their drinks unattended in bars just for that reason, so they won't have the chance to be drugged. So i wonder how she came up with this idea of why she doesn't remember taking her shirt off. What else does she "not" remember doing that night?

  • umop apisdn Oct 6, 2011

    "Another fine outstanding LEO!!! NOT. Glad justice is being served finally!"

    You're judging her based on this article? I do not know her but I'd say there's probably a lot more to this than has been reported here. As a LEO she may have saved lives and prevented crime, does that count for anything?

  • callme4avon Oct 6, 2011

    The mother will not ever see a dime.

  • dollibug Oct 6, 2011

    Another cover up.....I tell you that these people have their own "set of laws" to follow....not what is legal and lawful....something needs to be done about such as this...

  • keneds Oct 6, 2011

    She sounds like fun, but not very good example of a LEO.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Oct 6, 2011

    what a mixed up mess.

  • bobbyj Oct 6, 2011

    wow and we keep giving these people guns to protect and serve.