The parents of slain Chicago police officer and Iraq war veteran Thomas Wortham IV have settled their lawsuit relating to the gun used to kill him.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence today filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Janet Delana of Wellington, MO against gun dealer Odessa Gun & Pawn in response to the shooting death of Janet’s husband, Tex, by their daughter.
The suit alleges that KS&E Sports of Indianapolis, IN knowingly or negligently transferred a handgun through a straw purchase to convicted felon Demetrius Martin, who used it two months later to shoot Officer Dwayne Runnels of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case Shirley v. Glass (Case No. 102570), finding that gun dealers must use the highest standard of care when selling weapons, and that dealers can be held liable for violating gun laws under negligence per se. Both rulings were first-of-their kind decisions in the state of Kansas. Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center, argued the case and praised the ruling as a “landmark victory that will help victims of gun violence in Kansas and across the country.”
For Immediate Release
April 24, 2013
Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org
Chicago, IL – The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence today is serving a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Thomas E. Wortham IV, who was murdered with a trafficked gun outside his parents’ home on May 19, 2010 in Chatham, Chicago...
Jan 29, 2013: On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9 a.m., the Supreme Court of Kansas in Topeka, Kansas will hear arguments in a case deciding whether a gun seller can be held liable for supplying a violent, dangerous felon and spousal abuser a gun, which was used hours later by the felon to kill his own 8 year old son...