Judge Says Pollard Wrongful Death Suit Can Proceed

A federal bankruptcy judge says a wrongful death lawsuit against a former Pitt County sheriff's lieutenant can go forward.

The family of Stacey Pollard sued former Lt. Michelle Pollard last year in state court after a federal lawsuit was thrown out. Authorities say Pollard's husband drowned in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005.

David Sutton, attorney for the family says Pollard filed bankruptcy last year as the suit was about to be heard. He says that, in effect, blocked the lawsuit from proceeding.

Thursday morning a Federal Bankruptcy Judge granted a lift of stay, allowing Pollard to be tried in the wrongful death suit. Sutton says his next step is to get the civil case put on the calendar.

Last summer Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and just last month released from prison after serving about 6 months behind bars.

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