2009-10-22 / Local & State

Small Awards In Suit Over Pa. Coroner’s Assault

READING, Pa. (AP) – A former eastern Pennsylvania funeral director says he feels “exonerated’’ by a jury’s decision against awarding damages for pain and suffering in a civil suit over a 2006 assault in a hospital emergency room.

Deputy coroner Wally Woytovich and nurses aide Margaret Marino sought more than $1 million each in damages from Kevin Bean. But after deliberating for two hours Friday, the jury awarded 48-year-old Marino $6,808 in medical expenses and lost wages and 65-year-old Woytovich $668 for medical expenses.

The plaintiffs declined comment, and their attorney said he was disappointed by the verdict.

Bean is the former director of Bean Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Inc. He was sentenced in March 2007 to one to four years in prison for the assaults. The two said Bean assaulted them when he was told he could see but not touch the body of his wife, who was found hanged from the rafters of a gristmill near the couple’s home.

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