Jury hung in lawsuit against alarm company
MUNCIE, Ind. - Earlier this month, a judge here has declared a mistrial in a case to determine whether an alarm company was responsible in the death of a murdered liquor store clerk.
On April 8, after 10 hours of deliberation, the jury in the lawsuit could not reach a verdict, so Judge Marianne Vorhees declared a mistrial in the trial against Tri-Etch Inc., which does business locally as Sonitrol Security Systems.
In July 2003, nearly six years after Muncie Liquor Store clerk Michael Young was abducted and murdered, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that YoungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family could file a civil lawsuit against Tri-Etch, which sold and monitored the storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security system.
The familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lawsuit alleged negligence on the part of Sonitrol Security, which ordinarily notified the storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manager if the alarm wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t activated within 30 minutes of the storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s closing. On the night Young was abducted, Sonitrol Security didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t notify anyone that the alarm hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been set until 3 a.m.
YoungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family had sought $1.83 million, claiming that had the company notified the storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manager earlier, police would have been notified immediately and they would have found Young in time to revive him.
After listening to four days of testimony in the case, the jury could not reach a verdict. Jury members told the (Muncie) Pioneer Press that two jury members didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe the company was responsible, and the other four believed the alarm company was, at most, 10 percent responsible.
Attorneys for YoungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family said no decision had been made on whether to re-file the lawsuit.