The attorneys for plaintiffs
Yadegar said Wednesday he is pleased with the settlement but that it is just one part of a "two-pronged approach for justice."
The criminal case against Wall, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter, is ongoing. A trial is scheduled for January.
"Up until a week ago I had two issues on my mind and now I only have to deal with the one, but the biggest part is coming up," Yadegar said.
The settlement effectively absolves the county of further liability.
"Given the exposure to the defendants and the expense of litigation, the county felt that it would be best for all of the involved parties to resolve this case," Stanislaus County Counsel
The civil case isn't entirely over because the city of
The wrongful death lawsuit stems from the
A deputy saw her leaving the hotel in her Volkswagen Jetta and followed her as she headed north on
More deputies responded to the high speed pursuit as it moved off the highway and into
There were four
Video footage from a
The lawsuit alleges the officers at the scene violated multiple state mandated policies and other regulations including where they parked their vehicles, how they approached and where they stood around
"There was a complete lack of supervision, procedure and acceptable practice executed at this vehicle stop," the complaint reads, adding that it created "an out of control 'free for all' situation."
"That created Wall's claimed defense of shooting her to protect that officer (and deputies) even though as we can see in the video that car was no longer moving backwards, it was moving forward when he shot," Tabak said.
The claim alleges Wall negligently discharged his firearm multiple times at an unarmed woman and that the movements she made with her vehicle "did not pose any threat, danger or potential for harm to any rational and/or reasonable person in the immediate vicinity."
More than a year after the shooting, Wall was charged in
In a motion to contest the settlement agreement between Yadegar's family and
"The County and Deputy Wall clearly have all culpability, and their settlement for only a share of Plaintiff's claimed damages would expose the City to disproportionate liability," the motion reads.
She said the city might be planning an "empty chair" defense if the case goes to trial, meaning they would put all the blame on the county, which is no longer part of the lawsuit because of the settlement.
"They will say it's all the county's fault and that's why they settled," Moylan said. "
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