A wrongful death trial slated to start this week has been cancelled, as the plaintiff has agreed to non-suit the defendant in the case.

As previously reported, Jeff Campbell, on behalf of his father, the late Jacques Campbell, filed suit against Lillie Shinnick on Nov. 29, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the woman is responsible for his father’s death.

The case was slated to go to trial on Monday, Sept. 19. However, a court official told the Southeast Texas Record the plaintiff intended to file a notice of non-suit.

According to the original petition, on Dec. 2, 2008, Jacques Campbell died at his home “as a result of the negligence of defendant.”

Court records show that on Aug. 20 Shinnick filed a motion for summary judgment, stating that she and the decedent lived together for 20 years prior to his death and that there is no evidence she breached her duty to care for him.

The plaintiff alleged the defendant failed to give the decedent his medications for dialysis, causing his death, court papers say.

Jeff Campbell was suing for wrongful death damages.

He is represented by Beaumont attorney Michael McGown of Benckenstein, Norvell & Nathan.

Pearland attorney Victor Sturm represents Shinnick.

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

Case No. E188-875

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