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Family of slain man files lawsuit against 7 bail bondsmen, bonds companies

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Friends and family are wearing 'Justice for Jalen' shirts in memory of Jalen Milan. (WSMV) Friends and family are wearing 'Justice for Jalen' shirts in memory of Jalen Milan. (WSMV)
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A grieving Clarksville family said they're ready to fight after filing a lawsuit against seven bail bondsmen and two companies Tuesday.

The civil lawsuit is against men charged in the murder of a father of three.

"I'm standing here as a mother who's lost a son," said Anita Jenkins, surrounded by her family and attorneys. "It's been hard on us as a family. That circle has been broken, but I know with God on our side, we'll be able to make it through."

Jenkins said it has been difficult telling her grandchildren they can't see their father, Jalen Milan, also known as Jalen Johnson.

"I know God don't make any mistakes," she said. "I know my child is resting with the Lord, but I also know we have to fight."

Last month, Clarksville police said bail bondsmen approached a vehicle carrying Johnson and others at a Walmart parking lot on Whitfield Boulevard. Police said the bondsmen fired on the vehicle as it drove away, hitting and killing Milan. Police added there was not a warrant out for the arrest of Milan or anyone else in the car.

The Montgomery County grand jury charged bondsmen William Byles, Kenneth Chiasson, Antwon Keesee, Jonathan Schnepp, Roger West, Prentice Williams and Joshua Young with Milan's murder.

"It hasn't really sunk in," Jenkins said. "Right now, I haven't really had time to breathe because I know I have other things to do."

Jenkins has brought in The Davis Bozeman law firm from Atlanta and Spence Law Firm from Memphis. They filed a civil lawsuit in circuit court Tuesday against all seven of the bail bondsmen, alongside the Eagle Bonding and KeeSee's Bonding companies.

"This culture of hunting people for money has to be controlled and curtailed," said attorney Mawuli Davis of The Davis Bozeman Law Firm. "What this mother hopes is no other family has to go through this."

Thomas R. Meeks, the attorney for Eagles Bonding, has not returned requests for comment this week. Meanwhile, calls were not returned Tuesday at KeeSee's Bonding.

The lawsuit is seeking a trial and damages to be determined by a jury. Jenkins said that money will be going toward providing for Milan's three children.

"I just take it day by day," Jenkins said. "If I get through today, I'll get through tomorrow tomorrow."

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