Verdict in shooting death of former NFL player

New developments in the civil lawsuit filed against the deputies who shot and killed a former NFL player. A jury says deputies had every right to stop David Lee Turner but are undecided whether they had a right to shoot him.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- New developments in the civil lawsuit filed against the deputies who shot and killed a former NFL player. A jury says deputies had every right to stop David Lee Turner but are undecided whether they had a right to shoot him.

The former NFL player was shot and killed by deputies in 2011 after they said he struck a deputy in the head with a bag of beer.

Turner's family was suing the county and Kern County Sheriff's deputies, Wesley Kraft and Aaron Nadal, on three causes: for stopping Turner, hitting him with a baton and shooting him.

The jury came back on this civil case just after 3 p.m. Thursday, one day after closing arguments, acquitting the county on two of those causes.

They said the deputies had a right to stop turner and hit him with a baton that night, but on the matter of whether or not shooting and killing Turner there was a hung jury. Six said Deputy Kraft used excessive force, two said it was reasonable to shoot Turner.

Now the sides have two options set a retrial or settle. Deputy County Counsel Mark Nations said the family's attorney has refused to negotiate up until this point.

Becuse of Thursday's verdict, Deputy Nadal no longer faces a civil suit. Deputy Kraft will still await a decision on the shooting.

Nations said they county was happy with the two acquittals and does not know if it will settle on the matter of the shooting.
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