The family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has reached a settlement in a wrongful death suit against the homeowners association of the community where he was killed in February 2012.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on Friday that Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s settlement with the subdivision, the Retreat at Twin Lakes, was worth more than $1 million. However, that figure has not been confirmed by either neighborhood representatives or the family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump.
“I have no comment on that subject,” Crump told the newspaper in an earlier interview on the subject. “I know you did not get that from me.”
Crump did say that the settlement is not connected to litigation against George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, claiming self-defense. Zimmerman’s legal team has decided not to argue that Zimmerman was acting in accordance with the state’s “stand your ground” law when his trial begins on June 10.
According to federal court records, Fulton filed a claim against Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America, the homeowners group’s insurer, after a policy of up to $1 million went into effect on March 30, 2012. Travelers Casualty filed a lawsuit in August 2012 asking the court to clarify its liability, which was subsequently dropped that November.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, told the newspaper in February 2013 that the family initially rejected a $1 million settlement offer from the association or the insurance company, before reaching a settlement “months ago.” O’Mara received a copy of the agreement from Crump on Thursday.
Portions of the settlement were made public on Friday, with the names of both the parties and those making payment redacted.
“It is understood and agreed that the payment made herein is not to be construed as an admission of any liability by or on behalf of the releasing parties; but instead the monies being paid hereunder is consideration for avoiding litigation, the uncertainties stemming from litigation as well as to protect and secure the good name and good will of the released parties,” the agreement said.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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