A judge has approved the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2006 death of a man in the custody of Lynchburg police.
The News & Advance reports the agreement pays the family of Clarence Beard Jr. $250,000. It was approved Thursday by Lynchburg Circuit Judge Mosby Perrow.
Beard’s family had filed the $12.5 million lawsuit against seven police officers.
Beard died on Sept. 24, 2006, after fighting with officers who came to his home looking for a woman with outstanding warrants. The autopsy report listed heart disease as a contributing factor in his death.
An investigation by the commonwealth’s attorney’s office cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing.