Trial to Start Against GA Apt Owners Accused of Negligence in Resident's Fatal Shooting

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 18, 2018 9:46:27 PM


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Decatur, GA—Jury selection began this week at trial against a Georgia apartment complex’s owners and managers accused of negligence leading to the shooting death of a 23-year-old tenant. Alexis, et al. v. Riverstone Residential SE LLC, et al, 14A55296E5.

Kevin Pierre, a resident of the Bradford Gwinnett Townhomes, was hit by gunfire and killed while in a common area of the Norcross, Georgia complex on April 13, 2014. The shooting occurred after a fight that did not involve Pierre.

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Two men were ultimately indicted in the shooting, according to published reports.

Pierre’s family claims the apartment complex’s owner and managers knew the area had a history of violent crime, and had received an alleged market report describing "gunfights" and “loitering” by groups of non-residents, yet failed to properly protect tenants like Pierre.

The complex’s owners and managers contend Pierre’s death was the result of an unforeseeable drive-by shooting after a fight on a public road outside the complex. The defendants, who argue the fight’s participants were not apartment residents, claim they had no authority over the road in which the fight occurred.

Trial against the complex’s owners and managers, in DeKalb County State Court, is expected to last three weeks. CVN will record the trial and provide on-going coverage via its news page.

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The plaintiffs are represented by The Stoddard Firm’s Matthew Stoddard and Bondurant Mixson & Elmore’s Naveen Ramachandrappa and Michael Terry.

The defendants are represented by Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial’s Mark Johnson and Jackson Dial.

CVN will record the trial gavel-to-gavel and publish video on demand as soon as possible after the verdict.

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