Mother of Trayvon Martin to File Civil Suit Against Home Owner’s Association; Seeks Damages, Compensation in Son’s Death
Trayvon Martin’s mother is pursuing more than $75,000 in damages from the homeowners’ association of the gated community where her son was killed, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday. Sybrina Fulton is also seeking money from a state fund set up to help crime victims and their families, it said.
The Sentinel, citing court documents, reported that Fulton filed a claim for monetary damages with the insurance company that covers the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association in Sanford, Fla.
The insurer — Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of American — in turn filed a request of the federal court judge to relieve it of responsibility for the claim because of a clause in the policy excluding losses caused by or resulting in bodily injury, the report said.
Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot to death by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. Martin was walking back from a convenience store to the home in the gated community where he was staying with his father when the fatal encounter took place.
Zimmerman, 28, is out on $1 million bail pending trial. He has pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree murder of Martin, and has maintained that he fired in self-defense after Martin attacked him.
The amount of Fulton’s claim against the homeowners association is not explicitly stated, according to the Sentinel, but the insurance company writes in its filing that the “amount in controversy exceeds the sum of $75,000.”
The policy has a $1 million limit on payouts, the Washington Post reported.
Fulton and her former husband, Tracy Martin, also filed a claim with the state’s Crimes Compensation Trust Fund for emergency crime-victim assistance, the Sentinel reported, citing records released by the Florida Attorney General’s office. The claim was approved March 29, the report said, but the dollar amount was not disclosed.
The fund provides payouts of up to $50,000 to defray costs incurred by victims of crimes, such as lost wages, medical care, funerals and counselling, according to the Florida Attorney General’s office.