Federal judge grants delay in civil case for two people in DeBrodie lawsuit
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal judge granted a stay in the civil proceedings against two people involved in the wrongful death lawsuit for Carl DeBrodie.
Sherry Paulo and Anthony Flores asked for the stay, saying the criminal and civil cases against them are so closely connected that "they will be unable to protect themselves in their civil proceedings without prejudicing themselves in their criminal proceedings."
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued against the request, saying it would be prejudicial to their case.
Judge Douglas Harpool granted in part and denied in part the requests, saying neither needs to respond to any discovery requests until January 1, 2019. The court ordered all other discovery in the case to proceed as usual.
Flores and Paulo faces criminal charges in connection to the DeBrodie case, including involuntary manslaughter, neglect, abandonment of a corpse, and making a false report. Court filings accuse them of taking DeBrodie to Paulo's home and forcing him to fight another patient. Injuries Debrodie got from those fights went untreated and reportedly led to his death.
He was reported missing in April 2017, and his body was later found encased in concrete in a storage unit in Fulton.