FORT BEND COUNTY, TX - This looks like it could be a black eye for Fort Bend County, but then again, when an officer dies in the line of duty, and you sue his widow and daughter five years later, that’s to be expected. What they probably didn’t expect was a setback in court.
Back in 2010, Deputy J.D. Norsworthy was hospitalized after, while on duty, swerving to avoid road debris on FM 762 in Rosenberg, he crashed into a tree. The county paid for medical services in attempts to save Officer Norsworthy`s life, but J.D. would never recover.
Five years later, after Norsworthy's death, his daughter Katelyn received a settlement from the party responsible for the debris - Fort Bend County wants $300,000 in compensation back from Officer Norsworthy`s widow and daughter.
Amy Mitchell, the family’s attorney, explained, “The county is just not entitled to do what they`re doing. They`re barred by the statute of limitations, and now what they`re trying to do is on the backs of the family of a fallen officer recover money that they should have tried to recover on their own.”
And while it`s not completely over just yet, Judge Brady Elliott seemed to agree.
“It`s a step in the right direction, it seems like, I’m happy with the court`s decision,' says Melissa Norsworthy.
The Fort Bend County Attorney`s Office says it will review the order, and re-evaluate how the office will move forward from here.
“I`m just tired of reliving it over and over...J.D.`s not ever far from our thoughts... My daughter Katy’s about to graduate in a few weeks from high school and her dad`s not going to be there that`s a reality we`re going to face every day,” shared Melissa Norsworthy.