A jury has decided Michael Hennen and Hennen's Restaurant are not to blame in the death of 19-year-old Hannah Barnes.
Barnes and Hennen, the son of the restaurant owners, were both killed August 22, 2011 when they apparently fell asleep on a train track after leaving the restaurant where they both worked.
Lisa Barnes, Hannah's mother, had sued Hennen's for $25 million claiming the restaurant was at fault for providing alcohol to her underage daughter.
However the jury found there was no negligence on the restaurant's part and there will be no award in the case.
Tuesday afternoon, Lisa Barnes and her attorney refused to comment after hearing the verdict. But, defense attorney Al Henry, nearly in tears, said, "We're just thankful that the jury did their job under difficult circumstances and got to the truth. We said before this case started that all the lawsuit would bring was further heartache to the family. We're sorry we had to come to this, but we hope that Michael and Hannah can finally rest in piece," said Henry.
During closing arguments, Henry pointed out that witnesses and pictures proved that 19-year-old Hannah Barnes had consumed alcohol for many years before she died.
Meanwhile, Mark Warren, Lisa Barnes' attorney, maintained during the case that someone dropped the ball.
"When you blur the lines between what's legal and not legal, you end up with a closing manager behind the bar at 2 am giving a 19-year-old liquor," said Barnes during the trial.
There's no word on if there will be an appeal in this case. by Jerry Askin