Mixon v. Stovall et al
ORDER granting 7 Motion to Amend Complaint. The Clerk is directed to file Plaintiff's Motion to Amend (ECF No. 7) as Plaintiff's Amended Complaint. The Clerk is further directed to administratively terminate Sheriff Ron Stovall and Warden Gary Turner as Defendants from this matter. Sheriff Ron Stovall and Warden Gary Turner terminated. Signed by Honorable James R. Marschewski on December 19, 2013. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Civil No. 4:13-cv-04099
SERGEANT JOHNNY WELCH
Plaintiff Willie Mixon proceeds in this action pro se and in forma pauperis pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Corrections East
Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys, Arkansas. Plaintiff filed his original Complaint on October
23, 2013. ECF No. 1. Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend Complaint. ECF
Within his Motion to Amend, Plaintiff includes his Amended Complaint. ECF No. 7. In
his Amended Complaint, Plaintiff alleges his constitutional rights were violated on December 6,
2010 when Sgt. Welch sprayed Plaintiff with “O.C. pepper spray.” ECF No. 7, pp. 1-2. Plaintiff
also includes his requested relief and his request for a jury trial.1 ECF No. 7, p. 3. Plaintiff does
not, however, list Sheriff Ron Stovall or Warden Gary Turner as defendants in his Amended
Rule 15 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governs amended pleadings. Rule 15(a)
provides in pertinent part:
The Court notes that Plaintiff also requested a jury trial in his original Complaint. ECF
(1) Amending as a Matter of Course. A party may amend its pleading once as a matter of
course within: (A) 21 days after serving it, or (B) if the pleading is one to which a
responsive pleading is required, 21 days after service of a responsive pleading or 21 days
after service of a motion under Rule 12(b), (e), or (f), whichever is earlier.
(2) Other Amendments. In all other cases, a party may amend its pleading only with the
opposing party's written consent or the court's leave. The court should freely give leave
when justice so requires.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a).
Here, Plaintiff's Complaint has not yet been served, and the instant Motion to Amend is
Plaintiff's first request to amend his Complaint. Therefore, Plaintiff is entitled to an amendment
as a matter of course. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a).
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend (ECF No. 7) is GRANTED. The Clerk is
DIRECTED to file Plaintiff's Motion to Amend (ECF No. 7) as Plaintiff's Amended Complaint.
The Clerk is further DIRECTED to administratively terminate Sheriff Ron Stovall and Warden
Gary Turner as Defendants from this matter pursuant to Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 19th day of December 2013.
/s/ J. Marschewski
HON. JAMES R. MARSCHEWSKI
CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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