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Aug 26, 2011 8:16 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Jury awards daughter of alleged burglar $270,000

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A jury says a Colorado Springs car lot owner and a relative must pay $270,000 to the daughter of a man who was fatally shot while allegedly breaking into the business.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports the jury concluded Friday the men weren't shielded by self-defense laws. Police have said the intruder, 20-year-old Robert Johnson Fox, wasn't a threat to the men despite having knives.

A grand jury declined to indict the business owner or two relatives. The suit says they were guarding the car lot after a string of robberies.

Fox's parents filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of Fox's 3-year-old daughter. The jury award includes loss of companionship and loss of future earnings. The family will also be awarded some legal costs.

Defense attorneys declined comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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