MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A jury has found partial fault with Monongalia County employees in the death of Christie Cathers, but ultimately ruled the majority of the fault with Cathers herself.
The jury’s verdict concludes the wrongful death trial first filed by the Cathers estate in Jan. 2016.
Cathers, who was killed on June 5, 2015 following a short pursuit with Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies, was reportedly acting erratically, strange and sometimes threatening, according to a number of witnesses who testified Thursday morning — the fourth day of the five day trial.
While the jury did find some negligence on how Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies handled the events of that day, they ultimately awarded no damages and found the majority of the fault with Cathers.
The jury apportioned 87 percent of the blame with Cathers, 10 percent of the blame on the Monongalia County Commission and Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department employees, and three percent of the blame with MECCA 911 employees.
A poll of the jurors at the end of the trial found all eight supported the verdict.
Co-counsel for the Cathers estate, John Amos, declined comment Monday. Cy Hill, lead counsel for the defense, also chose not to comment following the verdict.