Georgia jury awards $8.6M in ‘Walking Dead’ stuntman’s death
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia jury has awarded $8.6 million to the family of a stuntman killed during the production of a “Walking Dead” episode in 2017.
The Daily Report reports the verdict Thursday comes after a week-long trial before Gwinnett County State Court Judge Emily Brantley. Jurors began deliberations late Tuesday and handed up the verdict shortly before 6 p.m.
Lawyers for AMC and production company Stalwart Films had argued that John Bernecker’s death in a fall from a balcony during a staged fight was an unforeseen accident that happened when he missed a landing pad 25 feet below.
Bernecker’s parents sued, claiming they skimped on safety measures for financial and scheduling concerns.