David Yates Oct. 24, 2013, 3:36pm

Earlier this year, Nanette Sawyer, believing an intoxicated minor may have killed her son Jesse Sawyer, filed a petition for depositions before suit to investigate a potential claim.

Court records show that on May 22 Sawyer filed a motion to dismiss her petition, stating that the depositions had been taken and that the matter be dismissed without prejudice.

As previously reported, the petition, filed Jan. 30 in Jefferson County District Court, sought the depositions of Tyler Ramirez and Denissa English.

According to the petition, Jesse Sawyer was killed in an auto pedestrian incident on April 25, 2011, when Ramirez struck him with his vehicle.

The District Attorney’s investigation indicates English provided alcohol to Ramirez, a minor at the time of the incident, the petition states.

Nanette Sawyer sought to investigate the matter to avoid filing a groundless lawsuit against a party who bears no responsibility, the petition states.

Nederland attorney Trent Devenzio of the Branick, Walston & Devenzio law firm represents her.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E193-871

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