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JURY RULES OUT SUICIDE
IN DEATH, AWARDS DAMAGES

A stockbroker who died of a gunshot wound was the victim of a police coverup and did not commit suicide, jurors said, awarding the man's grown children about $2.3 million in damages.

The federal court jury had heard almost nine days of testimony about the May 1984 death of Lawrence Ocrant, and deliberated for a day before returning a verdict Friday.

Ocrant's children, Andrew Ocrant and Sara Stump, had filed the lawsuit against their stepmother, Sueanne Ocrant, police and the City of Greenwood Village. Mrs. Ocrant was not held liable because she has filed for bankruptcy.

Ocrant, 52, was found dead in his bed with a gunshot wound to his head on May 20, 1984. Greenwood Village police ruled the death a suicide, but a special grand jury ruled five years later that Ocrant was murdered.

The children's lawyer, Dan Mahoney, claims Mrs. Ocrant had motive to kill because her husband abused her. She was not charged.

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