Judge OKs $100,000 settlement in Missouri woman's death
OAKVILLE (AP) — A judge has approved a $100,000 settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit involving the family of a south St. Louis County woman fatally shot while sitting on her back porch.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a judge approved the settlement Friday for the family of 84-year-old Betty Lou Knight, who was killed in June when a bullet struck her neck. Knight's husband, and their three children, sued Raymond Bodicky.
The lawsuit, filed in January, accused Bodicky of "negligently and carelessly" killing Knight by shooting across private property in violation of county ordinance and state law.
Police have said that Bodicky was their only suspect, but prosecutors never charged him, citing the need for more evidence. Bodicky's lawyer declined to comment on the settlement.