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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — A Lowndes County jury needs just 45 minutes to decide a long-time Columbus surgeon was not responsible for the death of a prominent Columbus lawyer.

After a seven-day trial, the five-man, seven-woman jury ruled about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon that Dr. Jerry Stennett did not violate medical standards or contribute to the death of Hunter Gholson at the age of 75 on Aug. 12, 2008.

Gholson’s son, Webb Gholson, and his estate claimed Stinnett misdiagnosed Gholson’s illness in July 2008 and that the misdiagnosis, treatment and failure to seek outside expertise contributed to Gholson’s death almost three weeks later.

Retired Dr. Robert Myers already admitted some responsibility in the case and settled a claim.

The family sought damages for medical expenses and loss of companionship and earnings for Gholson, who experts say had 10 more years of life expectancy.

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  • Opinionated

    This is sad to me that this family would sue these Doctors out of pure Greed! The verdict doesn’t bring back your loved one and poor Dr. Myers has major health woes himself and you sued him… what is wrong with people these days! So Glad Dr. Stennett was found not guilty!!

  • Cherri Shaw

    I am sorry for the loss to this family; however, am so glad that Dr Stennett was found innocent of all charges. I have worked with Dr Stennett at GTRMC, now BMH and of all the surgeons, I would say by far that he has ALWAYS been the most careful and detailed surgeon I have ever worked with. I have also had my own surgery from him. He is very paticular in all his skills and is a perfectionist in my book. God bless you Dr Stennett for having to go through this. Please know you are so appreciated. I pray the Gholson family will finally have closure.

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