In 2004 attorney Wayne Powell successfully resolved a personal injury case in which our client was killed by a bounty hunter, contracted by a bonding company, which had hired him to retrieve a fugitive who had not returned to court when ordered. The plaintiff’s decedent was falsely identified by the bounty hunter, who shot him in cold blood. The case was brought against the bonding company for negligent hiring. The murdered man left a widow and six children without a husband and father.
SIGNIFICANCE: The case settled with the bonding insurer, but if it had been tried, this would have been a case of first impression in which a bonding company might have been forced to pay a judgment to a family because of a criminal act of a third party actor. [NOTE: Shortly after the settlement, new statutory requirements of bounty hunter licensing in Virginia which had been enacted at about the time of the client’s husband’s death, became law.]
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