Fla. Killer Wins Reversal of Lawsuit Verdict

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

An appeal court has reversed part of a $1.1 million civil verdict against a man who killed his mother and then dismembered and burned her corpse before scattering it on the family farm near Live Oak.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal on
Monday overturned a $600,000 jury award that Douglas Elliott and
Mary Ann Hooper won from their 56-year-old brother, William R.
Elliott. He is serving a life sentence for murder.

The judges found they could not be compensated for infliction of
emotional distress because they were neither present nor involved
in what happened that day in November 2007.

The Tallahassee-based appeal court affirmed the remaining
$500,000 for negligent handling of the corpse and loss of property
value.


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  • by wasted tax dollars Location: a on Feb 7, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    from seeing the murder on tv. he dont look he has $5 much less 500.000 dollars so this isa complete wast of time for them and the tax payers. he will die in prision.
  • by Reader Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    So having your mother murdered and dismembered is only distressing if you witness it? Otherwise it's what, fine?
  • by 3minidoxies Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Isn't this the same group of "judges" who inflicted extreme distress on all the Florida taxpayers by funding their personal peccadillos with unholy amounts of money? Maybe we'll get lucky and someone will not inflict extreme emotional distress on each of them when a family member is dismembered, burned and scattered on their property.
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