AUSTIN (KXAN) — The parents of a man shot and killed by an Austin police detective will receive $600,000 as part of a settlement with the City of Austin.
The Austin City Council approved the settlement Thursday. The City of Austin approved a $1.25 million settlement for Jackson’s three children in 2014.
From the dais, Mayor Steve Adler said the settlement is the result of city staff working to come up with the best possible solution. We reached out to several council members, no one wanted to elaborate.
Despite an indictment, the criminal case against Kleinert may never go to trial. Kleinert retired from APD three months after the shooting. In May of 2014, a Travis County Grand Jury indicted him on a manslaughter charge. In December of that year, he pleaded not guilty. A federal judge moved the case to federal court after Kleinert’s attorneys argued he should be immune from state prosecution because he was acting as a federal officer. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel determined at the time of Larry Jackson Jr.’s deadly shooting Kleinert “acted as a federal officer.” The ruling goes onto say, “In each case, the officer was performing a federal function when the factual chain of events began.”
Days later, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The state’s appeal is still pending.