Bobbi Kristina's Boyfriend Held Responsible for Her Death

Judge rules against Nick Gordon in wrongful death lawsuit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2016 1:23 PM CDT
Bobbi Kristina's Boyfriend Held Responsible for Her Death
File- This Oct. 12, 2012 file photo shows Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attending the premiere party for "The Houstons On Our Own" at the Tribeca Grand hotel in New York.   (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP,File)

A judge in Atlanta on Friday ruled against Bobbi Kristina Brown's partner, Nick Gordon, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate, the AP reports. Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford signed an order saying Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the case and, therefore, the conservator of her estate wins by default. The ruling means that Gordon is legally responsible for Brown's death, E! reports. The judge's order says a jury trial will be set to determine how much Gordon will be required to pay in damages. Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome Jan. 31, 2015, and died in hospice care July 26, 2015.

A medical examiner's report released in March said an autopsy showed that Bobbi Kristina Brown had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body. The report said the medical examiner's office couldn't figure out if it was a suicide, a homicide or accidental, so it classified the manner of death as "undetermined." The wrongful death lawsuit alleged that Brown died after a violent fight with Gordon and that he put her, unconscious, into the bathtub and then injected her with toxic drugs. No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard was investigating the case, but Howard spokesman Dontaye Carter did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the investigation Friday. (Read more Bobbi Kristina Brown stories.)

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