Widow files lawsuit against husband's killer

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 31, 2011, 7:35am

GALVESTON - Claiming Robert Stanley Ott fatally shot her husband two years ago, Shana Hansen has filed suit against the local bait camp owner.

According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 20 in Galveston County District Court, Ott "shot and killed Michael Wayne Hensen without there existing any reasonable and justifiable cause for the use of deadly force" on Oct. 22, 2009.

Local media reports from that time say Ott allegedly shot Hansen when Hansen appeared at Ott's residence.

Ott, owner of Hall's Bayou Bait Camp, told The Galveston County Daily News in March 2010 that the 55-year-old Hansen was barred from the business after he threatened to kill the defendant there.

Ott claims Hansen went to his house armed.

Law enforcement officials reportedly found Hansen dead in his pickup in Ott's driveway with a gun in his hand.

A grand jury declined to indict Ott on offenses of murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and the use of deadly force in self-defense.

Hansen's widow insists Ott's alleged actions resulted from his willful act or gross negligence.

She consequently sues for mental anguish and losses support and conservatorship.

A jury trial is requested.

Shana Hansen is representing herself in the case.

Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 11-cv-1660

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