WKU Public Radio News Staff
Sat July 7, 2012
Federal Appeals Court will Hear Shooting Case
The Associated Press reports that a Federal Appeals Court will take up the case of a Kentucky mother who is suing the U.S. government over her son's shooting death at Fort Bliss. The U.S 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has scheduled an oral argument date for July 17th in the lawsuit brought by Renee Richardson of Louisville.
Richardson's son, 18 year old Ezra Gerald Smith, died when a soldier went on a shooting spree at the military post located on the Texas/Mexico line. The shooting incident occurred on April 24, 2009. Spc. Gerald Polanco was charged with murder in the case, but was ruled incompetent to stand trial after he claimed to have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Renee Richardson is seeking $8.75 million in the suit.