PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The estate of a murder victim has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man accused of killing her.
The civil lawsuit, filed earlier this week, claims Gary A. Lewis, 61, intentionally caused the death of Renee Sandidge-Crowley by blunt force trauma to the head.
According to court documents released in the criminal case, Lewis used a hammer to murder Sandidge-Crowley.
When police search Lewis’ property in the 3900-block of Northeast 66th Avenue they found a hidden underground bunker.
Because of “intentional acts” of Lewis, Sandidge-Crowley’s estate suffered economic damage for cremation expects of $1,000, the court documents state.
The lawsuit seeks $498,000 to cover lost earnings on Sandidge-Crowley’s behalf, the court documents state. It also seeks $500,000 for non-economic damages.
Josh Lamborn, the attorney on the case, has requested a jury trial.
Lamborn said Wednesday he plans on seeking a court injunction to ensure Lewis does not sell or get rid of any potential assists pending trial.
No future court dates have been set as of yet for the civil trial.
A tentative trial date for Lewis’ criminal case has been set for July 31, 2014 but will likely be re-set.