After a four day trial, a Marshall County jury delivered a $300,000 unanimous verdict against State Trooper Gary Shannon Gates for assault and battery.
Plaintiff Laura Ward was beaten, raped, and assaulted by Trooper Gates from 2009-2012. In 2014 Trooper Gates resigned his position after it was determined that he assaulted his then wife and drove his state issued vehicle while under the influence. Trooper Resigned
During closing arguments, the Plaintiff’s lawyer, Leroy Maxwell, Jr asked the Jury to “send a message that we will not tolerate bad law enforcement, and that no man is above the law”