Proposed settlement was smaller than jury award

March 18, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of an Iraq War veteran who was fatally shot by a police officer wanted to settle a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque for $1 million before a judge ruled in February that the veteran was unlawfully killed.

Instead, the case went to trial, and the family of Kenneth Ellis III was awarded more than $10.3 million by a jury Friday. The city was considering an appeal of the decision.

Shannon Kennedy, one of the family’s attorneys, told the Albuquerque Journal ( that settlement negotiations in the case dated back to 2011.

At that time, Kennedy said, the parties weren’t far Login to read more

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