TASER Inc. – Scottsdale-based Taser to appeal death award (2011-07-20)

Published on July 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: No suprise that TASER Inc. will appeal a $10 million federal jury award given this week to the family of a 17-year-old boy who was shocked by police with a stun gun at a North Carolina grocery store where he worked. During the trial, Taser argued the Turner had a pre-existing heart condition. It also said the court excluded the jury from hearing evidence that Turner had three baggies of marijuana in his sock during the incident in which police were called. The lawsuit says he argued with a manager, knocked a display off a counter and may have thrown a harmless object. Taser said the verdict amount will be offset by approximately $730,000 in a settlement from the city of Charlotte, as well as deducting $40,000 in a settlement from worker’s compensation. That makes the net award, $9.23 million, of which approximately $6 million will be covered by Taser’s insurance if the verdict stands through appeals.]]


by John Yantis – Jul. 20, 2011 04:27 PM
The Arizona Republic

Scottsdale-based Taser International said it will appeal a $10 million federal jury award given this week to the family of a 17-year-old boy who was shocked by police with a stun gun at a North Carolina grocery store where he worked.

The jury found the company at fault in the March 2008 death of Darryl Wayne Turner. Authorities said the Charlotte teen went into cardiac arrest and died after an officer fired the Taser twice.

“I’m glad the verdict was in our favor, but we’re definitely not celebrating,” his mother, Tammy Fontenot, told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “It cannot bring back my son’s life. Hopefully, it will help others in the future dealing with Tasers.”

Doug Klint, Taser president and general counsel, called the incident “sad and tragic.”

“We can certainly understand how the jury felt deep compassion for Mr. Turner’s family, and how this compassion may have overwhelmed the scientific evidence presented in this case,” Klint said in statement. “However, given the important nature of this case and the exclusion of key evidence that occurred, Taser International intends to appeal this verdict.”

During the trial, Taser argued the Turner had a pre-existing heart condition. It also said the court excluded the jury from hearing evidence that Turner had three baggies of marijuana in his sock during the incident in which police were called. The lawsuit says he argued with a manager, knocked a display off a counter and may have thrown a harmless object.

Taser said the verdict amount will be offset by approximately $730,000 in a settlement from the city of Charlotte, as well as deducting $40,000 in a settlement from worker’s compensation. That makes the net award, $9.23 million, of which approximately $6 million will be covered by Taser’s insurance if the verdict stands through appeals.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

http://www.azcentral.com/business/news/articles/2011/07/20/20110720scottsdale-north-carolina-taser-death-award.html#ixzz1WSOPVuwm

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