Williamson jury: Mom gets most blame in teen’s death

August 29, 2011 | In The News, Randy Howry

By Claire Osborn, Austin American-Statesman Staff

A Williamson County jury decided this month that three people were negligent in the drinking death of an underage girl: a liquor store employee, the girl’s mother and the 17-year-old herself.

Savannah Skye Smith died of alcohol poisoning on Feb. 10, 2009, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother, Debra Smith, against the employee of the liquor store, James East, and his wife, Terri Bayless East, who owned the store.

The lawsuit accused James East of knowingly selling alcohol to an underage Savannah at Avery Fine Wines and Spirits on Parmer Lane in Austin from July 2008, when the girl was 16, until the day of her death. (more…)

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