According to recent reports, police learned that the suspect and the victim were acquainted prior to the shooting rampage that ultimately resulted in the death of Tammy Meyers.
Erich Nowsh, 19, has been arrested for the shooting of Meyers after an alleged road rage incident. According to police sources, the two lived within walking distance of each other and often met at a nearby park where Meyers counseled the youth, imploring him to “act like an adult.” The victim’s husband says that she gave Nowsh money, fed him and asked him to straighten out his life countless times.
Now the youth faces three felony charges for murder, attempted murder and unlawful discharge of a gun from a vehicle. Police believe that Nowsh was the shooter in the incident that led to Meyers’s death, although they are still looking for at least one other suspect they believe was involved in the matter.
Wrongful Death vs. Homicide
The suspect in the case has been arrested for homicide, but in some cases in which a death has occurred due to violence there is not enough evidence to bring about a conviction. However, the family of the victim may still have recourse in the form of a civil lawsuit.
One of the most famous examples of this type of case is the O.J. Simpson case. Simpson was accused of killing his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, as well as another man, Ronald Goldman. However, Simpson was acquitted of those killings due to lack of evidence. He was sued by the families of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, who won a substantial verdict against him for wrongful death.
The same can be true in any case of homicide, whether the accused is convicted or not. The standard of proof is different in civil cases than in criminal. In criminal matters, those who are accused must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil cases, only a preponderance of the evidence is required to give a verdict in favor of the victim.
For more information on recovering damages in a case in which a violent act has been committed against you or a loved one, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. Call today for a free consultation on your case.