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Jury awards $6 million in Rossum civil case

A San Diego jury has awarded $6 million in damages to the parents of Gregory de Villers, who was poisoned by his wife, Kristin Rossum, in November 2000. The wrongful death suit was filed by de Villers' parents against Rossum and San Diego County.

Rossum was a toxicologist for San Diego County at the time of her husband's
death.

Jurors also awarded $100 million in punitive damages against Kristin Rossum to ensure that the convicted killer couldn't profit from her life story.

Caitlin Rother, is a San Diego Union-Tribune reporter and the author of a book
about Rossum's criminal trial.

Rother: What's interesting about a civil case is you assign a percentage of blame. So Kristin was assigned 75-percent of the blame and the county was assigned 25 percent of the blame which means since Kristin doesn't have any assets or money at this point-she's in prison for the rest of her life-that the county would be on the hook for $1.5 million dollars.

Rother spoke on the KPBS radio program These Days. County officials say they will appeal the jury's verdict.

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