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Accused murderer to pay $1.5M

Alex Green • Apr 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The family of shooting victim Amy Ross recently won a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who will stand trial for her murder later this year.

Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters has ordered Randall Ross, 48, to pay Amy’s family $1.5 million.

Ross was Amy’s estranged husband.

On March 27, 2013, he allegedly kicked in the door at his sister-in-law’s Carroll Township home and chased Amy into an upstairs bedroom, where he shot her once with a .40-caliber handgun, authorities have said. He then went outside and fired two shots into his own head, somehow surviving both wounds.

After he was released from the hospital he was charged with two counts each of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary and one count of kidnapping, all felonies. His criminal trial is scheduled for October.

Amy’s family filed a civil suit against Ross about a month after she died, seeking damages for wrongful death, false imprisonment, assault and battery, survivor action, and claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Amy had been in abusive marriage with Ross since 2001 and leading up to her death. She moved in with her sister, Andrea Swope, about a month before Ross allegedly killed her, her friends and family have told the Register. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit were Swope, as well as Amy’s brother, Robert Mominee, of Salem, Ore., and their father, Gene Mominee, of Oregon, Ohio.

Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters handed down the decision a few weeks ago.

The family was seeking $3.9 million in damages.

Winters said he settled on $1.5 million by simply listening to the testimony — a process that differs greatly from the criminal death penalty case Ross will find himself in later this year.

Winters said he tried to award the family a figure close to what Amy would have made had she lived a natural life.

“What would she have made?” Winters asked. “What would she have left behind for her heirs, had she lived an expected lifetime?” These were questions Winters and Amanda Krzystan, the family’s attorney, tried to answer. Krzystan said the judgment pales in comparison to a family member’s life.

“The family was pleased,” she said. “Only so much happiness comes from a monetary reward. They were satisfied and are waiting for the criminal (proceedings)”

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