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Attorney Will File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Owners Of the Alrosa Villa

By Newsferatu, Writer
Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 12:09 AM


Where Dimebag Was Gunned down

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From The Associated Press:

An attorney representing three victims of a fatal nightclub shooting last December said he will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the club's owners.

The Alrosa Villa nightclub did not provide adequate security, Columbus attorney Gerald Leesburg told The Columbus Dispatch for a story Thursday.

Nathan Gale, a former Marine, rushed the stage Dec. 8, 2004, and shot and killed renowned heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, along with three others who tried to intervene.

Gale, 25, of Marysville, was still shooting and had taken a hostage when Columbus police Officer James Niggemeyer entered the nightclub and killed Gale with a shotgun blast while he still had the hostage in his arms. Investigators later said Gale had 35 bullets left.

"The entire case revolves around inadequate security - both what was in place that night and what those who were in place failed to do," Leesburg said.

Gale avoided club security guards at the front entrance by climbing a fence and entering a side door.

A Franklin County jury cleared Niggemeyer in May of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

Gale had told his mother and a former employer that he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic before he was discharged from the Marines in October 2003, two years into a four-year stint. Military records do not mention mental illness as the reason for the discharge.

Gale was a fan of Abbott's former band Pantera, nominated for a Grammy in 1994.


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