A lawsuit accusing the Santa Fe Police Department and the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office of erroneously deeming a resident’s death a suicide recently ended in favor of the defendants, Galveston County District Court records show.
Santa Fe resident Barbara Younie sued the entities in July in the Galveston County 405th District Court, asserting Santa Fe police determined that David Younie killed himself “without considering other possibilities such as, homicide, accidental death, death undetermined, etc.”
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. According to the suit, the decadent was believed to be “unhappy with his life” and the medical examiner’s office “merely” corroborated the findings of SFPD.
Barbara Younie blamed the respondents for negligence, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter on Oct. 27 issued an order granting the City of Santa Fe’s plea to jurisdiction in addition to an order dismissing the case.
Slaughter ultimately junked the suit because the complainant failed to prosecute her claims.
Galveston County 405th District Court Case No. 15-CV-661