Arkansas Family Awarded $1.5 Million in Wrongful Death Case

Jan. 7, 2013

The family of a 67-year-old man from Little Rock who was murdered will receive a $1.5 million award in an Arkansas Wrongful Death lawsuit filed in connection with the incident. According to an article published by The Republic, the Arkansas Claims Commission granted the award.

In 2009, a young man was released from state custody despite warnings from Department of Human Services that he was affiliated with a gang and had vowed to commit violent acts.

He later led a group of other young men to the home of the victim, where they forcibly entered the home in an attempted robbery. The young man who was released by the state eventually shot and killed the victim.

The victim’s family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state, alleging their loved one’s attacker should not have been released due to his known violent tendencies. Furthermore, it alleged that the young man’s release was the direct cause of the victim’s “unnecessary and wrongful death.”

The award must be approved by the state legislature before it can be issued to the murder victim’s family.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim, and hope the decision will help bring a sense of closure to the tragedy.

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