The court ruled that a judge erred in dismissing Michael Lewis Jr.'s defamation claim against Lt. Brian Kei. However, the court upheld the judge's dismissal of malicious prosecution and false imprisonment claims against the officer.
Lewis was falsely accused of trying to abduct a 10-year-old boy. He was jailed for 41 days, and his arrest was reported in the media and on the county's website.
Today, Virginia's high court ruled Williams is entitled to a trial on whether some of the statements made by Kei in those news reports were defamatory.