The Palm Beach Post reports here that Jay Levin was found liable for damages of $750,000.
The jury of one man and five women had deliberated longer than it had seemed expected, asking questions of the judge about just when "self defense" kicks in (because the scumbag plaintiffs' lawyer Bob Montgomery had been second-guessing the defendant's actions leading up to the shooting).
Well, this story says that Levin will no longer face the possibility of punitive damages (Montogomery had said he would seek $25,000,000!). So this is both a victory and a defeat for Mr. Levin, who was put into a difficult, precarious situation by the actions of the deceased midnight prankster Mark Drewes.
I feel that the parents were wrong to seek damages when their kid created the scenario in which he was killed. I can just imagine what the jury room was like. It was probably the man holding out against awarding the parents any money, and the women "sympathizing" with the grieving mother (who was allowed all throughout the trial to sit 20 feet from the jury, crying!). I really suspect that some horse-trading went on, there.
I'm glad that Levin plans to appeal. He should. He shouldn't owe any money in this case.
Oh, I want to mention that Montgomery made statements prior to the trial that he wanted to "make him [Levin] bleed" He even was irritated that Levin's insurance company agreed to pay his legal fees, stating that he would sue the insurance company for "interfering" (even though it's completely their legal prerogative to pay on behalf of their insured)!