Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Estate of Drama Queen Killer
Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2011 - A high strung defendant killed himself, rather than go to court to face a wrongful death lawsuit.
“Things probably could not get any weirder in this reported case than they were when the dust eventually settled,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer practicing personal injury law in Arkansas.
The 48-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman he was seen arguing with, hit her with his truck, after almost backing up over her, and then dragged her several hundred yards before she fell away from the truck. The man fled the scene.
When the man did not show up in court to answer charges for this murder, the judge issued a warrant for his arrest. “And this is where this story takes a 180 degree turn to the very bizarre. On court day, a friend of the man placed a phone call to the police, indicating a friend of his had gone to the man’s house and found a note on the gate to not enter the property and to call his best buddy,” Smith said.
The friend did as he was told and called the man’s best buddy, who headed over to the man’s home, only to find him slumped over in a help by a vehicle, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There was also a note that outlined the man’s last wishes. The best buddy was stunned beyond reason to find his friend dead, telling police that the dead man was a “drama queen” and that no one expected him to actually kill himself.
This left the four children of the dead woman having to decide whether or not to file a wrongful death lawsuit, since the accused man had committed suicide. In the final analysis, they chose to move forward and file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man’s estate, hoping to bring justice to their dead mother and some measure of peace to their lives.
The verdict in that case will likely be an award for the four children left behind to face life without their mother. Whether or not they will be able to recover compensation is another question. Often there is insurance money involved in cases like this, and it is a good strategic move to hire the services of a seasoned Arkansas injury lawyer. Justice does not just happen. Justice is moved through cases like this one, handled with compassion by a skilled Arkansas injury lawyer.
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