Torts Keyed to Henderson
Brandon v. County of Richardson
JoAnn Brandon (plaintiff) brought wrongful death, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against County of Richardson (Defendant) and Charles Laux (Defendant) resulting from the death of her daughter Teena (victim). Teena was beaten and raped by two men, John Lotter and Thomas Nissen. Teena reported the incident to Sherriff Laux who was aware of the violent nature and criminal history of the suspects. Sherriff Laux later became aware of Teena receiving death threats from the suspects following the rape. Shortly after, Teena and two others were found murdered. Lotter and Nissen were eventually convicted of all three murders. At trial, the trial court found the County of Richardson negligent and originally awarded damages of $6,223.20 and non-economic damages totaling $80,000. The trial court in total reduced the damages by 86% as a result of the intentional torts caused by the suspects (85%) and a 1% reduction for Teena’s own negligence. The trial court did not award damages pertaining to emotional infliction of emotional distress.
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