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Posted: June 18, 2012 8:52 a.m.

Rules against family in alligator death

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court ruling in the death of a Georgia woman whose partially-eaten body was found in a subdivision lagoon frequented by an alligator.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision means the family of 83-year-old Gwyneth Williams has lost its attempt to have a jury try their case against owners of the gated community near Savannah where she died in 2007.

Her family maintained that a homeowners' association should have removed an alligator from the lagoon.

The golf club and homeowners association argued they shouldn't be held liable for wild animals that wander onto the property.

It's unclear whether the alligator killed Williams, but the Supreme Court said her right foot and both forearms had been bitten off. Later, an eight-foot gator was found in the lagoon.

 

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