A stockbroker who died of a gunshot wound was the victim of a police cover-up and did not commit suicide, jurors said, awarding the man's grown children about $2.3 million in damages.
The federal court jury had heard almost nine days of testimony about the May 1984 death of Lawrence Ocrant and deliberated for a day before returning their verdict Friday.Ocrant's children, Andrew Ocrant and Sara Stump, had filed the lawsuit against their stepmother, Sueanne Ocrant, police and the city of Greenwood Village. Sueanne Ocrant was not held liable because she has filed for bankruptcy.
Ocrant, 52, was found dead in his bed with a gunshot wound to his head on May 20, 1984. Greenwood Village police ruled the death a suicide, but a special grand jury ruled five years later that Ocrant was murdered.
The children's lawyer, Dan Mahoney, claims Sueanne Ocrant had a motive to kill her husband because he was abusing her. She was never charged.