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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Settlement Approved In Kyros Lawsuit

Estate DisputeAs I have previously discussed, Thomas Kyros was fatally obsessed with child prodigy Promethea Pythaitha to the point that he tried to kill the girl's mother, Georgia Smith. Kyros though that he needed to kill Smith because he thought that she was preventing Pythaitha from doing as well as she could. So Kyros drove to their house, shot Smith five times, and only stopped when Phythaitha through herself over her mother. The shooting ended when police arrived and killed Kyros after he pointed his gun at them.

Smith's injuries were extensive. According to the Associated Press, "[t]he shooting paralyzed one of Smith's arms, left her with bullet wounds in both legs, and doctors had to remove part of her intestine." Both Smith and Pythaitha filed a lawsuit against Kyros' estate seeking compensation for their injuries. The two woman sought $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The United States District Judge, Charles Lovell, decided to order settlement talks because the damages sought exceeded the value of Kyros' estate. Both parties have reached a settlement agreement. The terms of the agreement have not been released.

See Matt Volz, Settlement Approved In Fatal Obsession Lawsuit, Associated Press, WTVM.com, Jan. 3, 2013.

Special thanks to  Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

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