Hill's family announced Wednesday they are filing a lawsuit against the deputy and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. A gun was recovered from the scene in Hill's back pocket, but it was unloaded.
On Jan. 14, 2014, a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputy fatally shot Gregory Hill through his closed garage door after responding to a loud music complaint. About two hours later, according to Phillips, they came back with the verdict. But the jury found that Hill, who had been drinking at the time, was 99 percent at fault for his own death. The total award was reduced to just 4 cents, though, because of Mascara's 1 percent of negligence.
"I've never seen anything like it".
University of Miami law professor Osamudia James says the option of nominal damages is given to juries as a way to acknowledge a wrong, even if they don't believe large damages are warranted. "That's where we're just kind of confused".
The family had been asking for anywhere from $500,000 to $10 million, including just over $11,000 for funeral expenses. "Either it was punitive or they viewed these children's pain as virtually worthless".
Davis, 35, has been raising Hill's three children - the two oldest of whom she had with him - with her boyfriend.
"We are pleased to see this hard and tragic incident come to a conclusion". Newman, he added, "was placed in a very hard situation, and like so many law enforcement officers must do every day, he made the best decision he could given the circumstances he faced".
"We appreciate the jury's time and understanding and wish everyone involved in this case the best as they move forward", the statement said.
Court documents lay out what happened January 14, 2014.
Deputy Christopher Newman killed Hill, 30, after a mother picking up her child at a school across the street called in a noise complaint, according to CNN. Hill closed the garage door to deescalate the situation, according to Phillips.
According to court documents, deputies responded and Hill eventually raised his garage door to answer them, then lowered it again. The officers also claim that Hill was pointing a gun at them during their encounter. Hill was struck three times by police; twice in the abdomen and once in the head.
Witnesses told investigators that the entire confrontation was over in seconds. The tip of a dark-colored Kel-Tec 9mm was sticking out the top of Hill's right back pocket.
Phillips added, "It seems like jurors gave up".
Phillips said he has numerous problems with the court proceedings, which will help form the basis of his appeal.
"We thought we tried a winning case".
"Every police vehicle in the county was there". Police have shot and killed at least 425 so far in this year.
On the other hand, Hill's fiancée, Monique Davis, was devastated by the verdict, saying "It's heartbreaking". "It was like, are y'all serious?"
He said he was drafting a motion for a new trial.