City Responds To Wrongful Death Lawsuit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/06

City Responds To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A new development in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the City of Lubbock.

The case surrounds the taser-related death of Juan Nunez III. You remember, he died at his parents home on Easter Sunday, after an encounter with Lubbock Police officer Matt Doherty.

An autopsy shows that a combination of factors played a role in Nunez's death, including: four shocks from a taser, an injury to the head and alcohol intoxication. The family claims someone used bad judgment, if not the police officer, then his department policy or perhaps bad information from the taser maker. At any rate, the family says someone is to blame.

Recently, the city responded to the lawsuit saying the petition fails to show any facts of the city's liability. It says "The city denies each and every, all and singular, the allegations in the plaintiff's original petition and demands strict proof thereof."

City attorneys are also asking the court to dismiss the case altogether.

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