MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- An attorney says a $1 million damages award stemming from a murder-suicide is a victory for domestic violence victims.
A Monongalia County judge awarded the damages earlier this month to the family of Lori Dodd, who had sued Randy Dalton's estate.
State police have said Dalton fatally shot Dodd and then himself in May.
The family's attorney, Andrew Meek, tells The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/r8Ei4o ) that Circuit Court Judge Russell M. Clawges' ruling sends a message to the community that such situations won't be tolerated.
Clawges awarded $750,000 in wrongful death damages and $250,000 in punitive damages. Meek says he's unsure how much money the family will actually collect.
Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kiser is administering Dalton's estate because no family members came forward.