AUSTIN (KXAN) — An attorney representing Larry Jackson Jr.’s children and their mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Austin and retired Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert.
Attorney Bobby Taylor tells KXAN the suit is merely a formality to help guide the courts toward a final settlement arrangement.
“It’s just dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s,” he told KXAN adding the City has no issue moving forward based on negotiations he had with its legal team this year.
Legal sources say that arrangement could include the appointment of guardians ad litem who would oversee how the financial award is disbursed since the children are all under 18. It’s also presumed during closed-door negotiations, City legal counsel would have asked for valid birth certificates or that DNA tests be conducted to prove the three youngsters are indeed Jackson’s biological children. In August, City Council approved a 1.25 Million dollar amount for the three. That was just one step in the settlement process. Taylor said it’s not clear when a final settlement agreement will be signed. Jackson’s parents also filed their own wrongful death lawsuit last year.
Charles Kleinert’s attorney Randy Leavitt tells KXAN this week he received the last of the City’s discovery documents related to the criminal case. Pre-trial hearings are expected to begin in a few months.
In July 2013, Kleinert chased Jackson away from the scene of a bank robbery he was investigating. Kleinert, a veteran police officer then shot Jackson, who died at the scene. The former detective who retired months after the incident, was indicted on a manslaughter charge in May.