COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Richland jury has ruled that a local bar owes $3.85 million in a negligence verdict issued in connection with the bar's role in serving liquor to a drunken man who later was in a wreck that killed a 6-year-old girl.
The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1NNxRaC) the jury found the Loose Cockaboose Sports Bar was serving liquor after a state-mandated closing time and that it served an obviously intoxicated Billy Patrick Hutto.
Several hours later, Hutto was involved in a wreck that killed 6-year-old Emma Longstreet.
Hutto is serving a 10-year prison sentence for felony DUI involving death.
A lawyer for the Loose Cockaboose argued there was not enough convincing evidence to prove the sports bar had served any liquor to Hutto.
Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com