A Baltimore County jury has ruled in favor of the family of Korryn Gaines and awarded them over $37 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.
The jurors only needed about three hours of deliberation before they ruled Baltimore County Police Officer Royce Ruby did not act reasonably during the Aug. 2016 confrontation with Gaines, which resulted in the 23-year-old’s fatal shooting and the wounding of her son, Kod, reported WBAL.
The award was broken up by family member with $32 million awarded to Kodi, $300,000 to Korryn Gaines' father, $300,000 to Korryn Gaines' mother, $300,000 to Korryn Gaines' estate, and $4.5 million to Karsyn Courtney, Korryn Gaines' daughter.
After the decision was announced, Gaines' family cried and embraced each other in the courtroom. Once they exited the courthouse, they tearfully addressed reporters.
"I don't know how anyone can just extinguish a life, then hide behind a badge," Korryn Gaines' mother, Rhanda Dormeus, said. "I can't even get out of bed to do my activities of daily life. I was a registered nurse, a psychiatric nurse. This has ripped me apart. I am not mad with Officer Ruby. I don't have any space to be mad because my heart is too broken."
Gaines’ father explained how this money will greatly help Kodi to move forward.
"For Kodi, it means a lot. Now he's going to be able to get the help he needs. It's a sad situation what happened, and I'm very glad the jury came back and saw what was going on in that courtroom wasn't right, and what happened Aug. 1 wasn't right either," Korryn Gaines' father, Corey Cunningham, said.
In an in-depth interview with the Baltimore Beat, Rhanda elaborated on how she and the rest of the family have been dealing with the devastating loss.
“I’m a mess. Sometimes it gets very dark. I can’t get out of bed. Kodi is experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. I have panic attacks. Not wanting to eat. I have to force myself to eat sometimes. The sporadic crying. I just start screaming and crying. There are not even words to explain the depth of hurt and pain,” Rhanda told the Beat when asked how she’s been holding up.
Baltimore County Attorney Mike Field issued a statement, saying, "A mother died, a child was unintentionally injured, and police officers were placed in mortal danger. By any account, this was a tragic situation. The county is disappointed with the verdict and is reviewing all of its options, including an appeal."
In September 2016, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said no criminal charges would be filed against the officers involved. Ruby was promoted after the shooting.
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