Gunned down

Chris Beeman and Christine ‘Missy’ Reinhardt recently won a summary judgment motion in a wrongful death case filed in Contra Costa County. The decedent was shot and killed in the street outside our client’s home by guests of defendant’s teenage kids, who threw a Halloween party. The assailant was charged and convicted of murder, with an enhancement for gang affiliatin. Plaintiffs alleged that known gang members attended the party, making it foreseeable that violence would result. The Court granted our client’s motion for summary judgment on the basis that he had no duty to protect the decedent from the criminal conduct of the third party that caused his death because it did not occur on the premises.