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Stabbed Eye Surgeon

Tucson, AZ: (Oct-09-07) Daphne Stidham, the widow of Dr. Brian Stidham, a slain eye surgeon, brought a lawsuit against former Pima County prosecutor Paul Skitzki, alleging that Skitzki's negligence resulted in the wrongful death of her husband. Daphne Stidham claimed county prosecutors failed to warn her husband, Dr. Brian Stidham, 37, that another doctor wanted him killed. Brian Stidham was stabbed to death on Oct. 5, 2004. Records show that former eye surgeon Bradley Alan Schwartz, 42, and Ronald Bruce Bigger, 41, were convicted in separate trials and sentenced to life in prison in Stidham's death.

As part of a settlement reached, Pima County agreed to a $2.29 million payout to resolve the litigation. It has yet to be determined how much of the settlement will come from the county and how much from its insurance funds. Skitzki declined to comment on details of the settlement. The lawyer fees have been paid by the county because Brian Stidham was a public servant when he died. Sources state that both, Schwartz and Bigger are appealing their convictions. [TUCSON CITIZEN: STABBED EYE SURGEON]

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Published on Oct-10-07


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