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Sutherland Springs families’ lawsuit against Academy moves forward, spokesman says

February 4, 2019

Judge Karen Pozza has denied a motion from sporting goods retailer Academy for a summary judgment, granting a victory for Sutherland Springs families, according to Max Samis, spokesman for the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is representing the families.

A denial of the motion clears the way for the case to proceed to a jury trial.

The Sutherland Springs families had sued San Antonio-based Academy Sports + Outdoors for negligence, saying it should not have sold a Ruger-556 and 30-round magazines to Devin Kelley, who killed 26 worshippers and injured 20 others at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017.

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Kelley made the purchase at a store in San Antonio about 18 months before the shooting.

Academy attorneys had sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. At a hearing Thursday, the judge said she would rule on the motion by Monday.

Silvia Foster-Frau is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | sfosterfrau@express-news.net | Twitter: @SilviaElenaFF

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