Petition for bill of review filed in woman's case against Santa Fe police, Galveston Co. Medical Examiner's Office

John Suayan Dec. 21, 2015, 9:22am


A Santa Fe woman who sued the city’s police department and the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office for erroneously declaring her husband’s death a suicide and lost recently filed a petition for bill of review.

Barbara Younie’s five-page petition, filed Dec. 3 in the Galveston County 405th District Court, seeks to void the dismissal for want of prosecution that 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter issued on Oct. 27, 2015 against the plaintiff for failing to prosecute her claims.

“The plaintiff requests that the court set aside and cancel the dismissal for want of prosecution rendered on October 27, 2015 and allow the plaintiff due process to continue in her suit against the defendants in a manner that the Court deems just and right,” court papers state.

Barbara Younie previously accused SFPD and the medical examiner’s office of determining that the late David Younie took his life. Authorities earlier this year found David Younie with a gunshot wound to the chest at Dakota Dave’s Meat Market in Santa Fe where he worked.

Barbara Younie blamed the respondents for negligence, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

She asserts that she failed to make a claim because she was involved in an accident, insisting such failure “was not due to any intentional act of fault or the result of negligence.”

She is represented by attorney Paul H. LaValle of the Law Offices of Paul Houston LaValle & Associates, P.C. in Texas City.

Galveston County 405th District Court Case No. 15-CV-661

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