A Jackson County judge on Monday approved a $3 million settlement for the parents of a 21-year-old mentally disabled man killed during a gas station disturbance in 2010.
Frederick Charles Jones Jr., who had schizophrenia, died after a clerk allegedly shot him Sept. 3, 2010, during a scuffle at the convenience store at 5501 Bannister Road.
The clerk, Akbar A. Rana, 34, fled to his home country, India, before prosecutors here charged him with voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
Lakhani Commercial Corp. agreed to contribute $2.8 million to the settlement fund, while two other firms that supplied the station with products and marketing, Sunshine Energy LLC and Shell Oil Co., contributed $200,000 and $50,000.
All the companies denied liability or legal responsibility for Jones’ death in the settlement.
Vanessa Boykin, Jones’ mother, took the witness stand Monday to tell the judge that she approved of the settlement and agreed to share it equally with Jones’ father, Frederick Charles Jones Sr.
Lawyer Stephen G. Dickerson, who represented Boykin with attorney Jonathan T. Boulton, said afterward that the case highlights safety questions that surround even routine transactions.
“It truly does matter where we conduct our personal business,” Dickerson said. “It matters where we get a snack or fuel our cars.”