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Former Girlfriend Ordered to Return $15,000 Engagement Ring

September 19, 1990

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A man described as ″head over heels″ in love with a woman who dumped him should get his $15,000 engagement ring back, a jury has ruled.

Robert Bowersox also should get back $7,200 in cash he gave Susanne Clair, the Douglas County District Court jurors said Monday.

″Bob Bowersox was very taken by Susanne, this man sort of tumbled head over heels with her,″ Bowersox’s lawyer, Michael Lazar, said of the two Omaha residents.

″His heart was on the table, folks,″ Lazer told the jury. ″Where was her heart?″

But Ms. Clair’s attorney, Warren Zweiback, said the nurse’s aide made it clear she never planned to marry Bowersox and that he knew she was seeing another man.

Bowersox, who is retired, also named Ms. Clair as a joint tenant on his home.

The couple declined to give their ages.

She testified Monday that she returned the interest in the house when she broke off their relationship in May 1989, but decided to consult with her lawyer about the money and the 3.23 carat pear-shaped diamond ring.

Judge James Murphy told the jury during instructions that he knew of no Nebraska case law on the issue.

″Apparently, lovers in Nebraska never have fights ... or ask for the return of engagement rings, because our Supreme Court has not had the burden of laying down a path for me to follow,″ he said.

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