Widow sues murder suspect

PERKINS TWP. Nearly seven months after her husband's death, Sandy Gilliam has filed a lawsuit agains
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

Nearly seven months after her husband's death, Sandy Gilliam has filed a lawsuit against the man accused of killing him.

The widow of slain Grant Avenue resident Gerald Gilliam, 39, is suing Andrew D. Johnson for the "severe and debilitating emotion distress" she suffered as a result of the shooting.

Johnson, 60, 3600 block of Grant Ave., is accused of shooting Gerald Gilliam to death in July 2007 after an argument erupted between the two neighbors. Alcohol, drugs and racial slurs are believed to have been involved.

Gilliam, 43, says her neighbor, Johnson, should be liable for at least $25,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Meanwhile, Johnson awaits a Feb. 14 pretrial hearing. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

Sandy Gilliam could not be located Monday for comment on the lawsuit. A "For Sale" is posted outside her Grant Avenue home, but family members said she still lives there.

Her attorney, Ed Rhode, did not return calls for comment.

Gerald Gilliam's father and stepmother declined comment.

Johnson could not be located for comment.