Family of murdered woman awarded $10M

October 8, 2008 3:28:06 PM PDT
The family of a Marengo woman who was murdered on Mother's Day two years ago has been awarded $10 million from the estate of the man police say killed her.Eighty-three-year-old Verna Corcoran was strangled in her home in May of 2006. Police say she walked in the house as it was being burglarized by 21-year-old Jose Manuel Aldava-Grijaldo.

Several hours after Corcoran's body was found, the suspect was shot and killed by a police officer as he was driving her car.

The Daily Herald reports a judge awarded the damages after members of Aldava-Grijaldo's family failed to appear in court to challenge the lawsuit. His estate is suing Marengo police, claiming wrongful death and excessive force.