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Lawsuits over fatal tailgate shootings settled

Posted May 21, 2008 3:27 p.m. EDT

— The families of two men killed in a confrontation outside a North Carolina State University football game in 2004 have settled their lawsuits against the company that managed the parking lot where the shootings occurred.

Marine 2nd Lt. Brett Harman, of Park Ridge, Ill., and his friend, Chicago businessman Kevin McCann, were shot to death during an altercation at a tailgate gathering outside Carter-Finley Stadium on Sept. 4, 2004.

The families received confidential settlements from McLaurin Parking, which operates the lots outside the stadium.

The lawsuits alleged that the company was negligent in its supervision and security of the area before the 2004 football season opener.

Tim Wayne Johnson was convicted of first-degree and second-degree murder in the two slayings and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His brother, Tony Harrell Johnson, received a 12-year sentence after pleading guilty to lesser felonies.

The state has already paid $25,000 each to the estates of Harman and McCann to settle wrongful death claims.