16 Oct $1.25 Million Jury Verdict in Accidental Gun Discharge Case
On Thursday, an Etowah County Circuit Court jury awarded a 28 year old Boaz man a $1.25 million judgment in an unintended gun discharge case. The trial, which took place in Gadsden before Etowah County Circuit Judge Anthony Clark Hall, began October 8th and lasted one week. Lead counsel for the plaintiff was Todd Wheeles of Morris, Haynes, Hornsby, Wheeles & Knowles in Birmingham. Assisting attorney Wheeles during the trial was Tommy James, also of Morris, Haynes, Hornsby, Wheeles & Knowles. The jury began deliberating on Thursday at approximately 12:45 p.m. and concluded at approximately 3:45 p.m., taking only about 3 hours to return a verdict. Of the $1.25 million judgment, $500,000 was for compensatory damages and $750,000 was for punitive damages.