Court accepts $1.5 million settlement in Norfolk wrongful death lawsuit

A Norfolk family is walking away with a settlement for more than a million dollars, years after a Norfolk police officer killed their loved one

NORFOLK, Va (WVEC) -- Family members of a man fatally shot to death by a police officer chose not to speak as they left federal court Wednesday.

Moments before, David Latham's parents and siblings stood before a judge and accepted a $1.5 million settlement with the City of Norfolk.

"They're a good, Christian family, but they are working hard to move on with their life," said Attorney, Jon Babineau. "[The settlement] was important to them obviously, that goes without saying, but it comes at great sacrifice."

More than three years ago Latham, 35, was shot and killed by Norfolk police officer Michael Edington.

It happened at Latham's house after a 911 call of him wielding a knife at family members.

The victim's family later sued Edington for nine million dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit. 

They claimed the officer, who was later acquitted of voluntary manslaughter, unjustly shot their mentally ill loved one.

Although the settlement was accepted by the court, some details still have to be worked out.

"The court has accepted the settlement,” said Babineau. “There's just a little it more work to be done."

The judge still has to officially sign off on the amount distributed between family members.

Two of them were not in court Wednesday because of disabilities.

"And that disability is associated with a mental illness,” said Attorney Todd Fiorella. “And as a consequence, the court wants to appoint a guardian. Somebody to look after their interest."

There is no scheduled follow-up hearing, Babineau said. Once the guardians sign off, the amount each family member receives will be made public, he explained.

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