HONOLULU — A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Texas soldier who was killed and others who were injured during a live-fire training exercise in Hawaii.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling overturned a jury verdict that
found the manufacturer of mortar cartridges not liable for causing the 2006
explosion that killed Staff Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez.
The 27-year-old from Beeville, Texas, was hit by shrapnel at the Pohakuloa
Training Area on the Big Island. He was supervising the firing of two mortars
when a shell detonated in the cannon. The blast seriously injured Samuel
Oyola-Perez, Julius Riggins and Wilfredo Dayandante.
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