JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has awarded nearly $500 million to the family of a woman fatally shot during an argument in a car in 2011.
The family of 20-year-old Kalil McCoy of Jacksonville filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who shot her and two other men who helped dump her body.
Frederick Lee Wade was sentenced to 45 years for second-degree murder in 2017. The other men pleaded guilty to accessory charges.
On Tuesday, a Duval County jury awarded McCoy's family over $495 million for emotional distress and punitive damages.
The family's attorney, John M. Phillips, said he sought an eight-figure award to send a message that violent criminals will "get prosecuted and get punitive damages" in Florida.
Phillips said the case will be turned over to collection attorneys.
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