- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The trial against a Juneau gun shop owner is finally set to begin eight years after the case was brought.

On Monday, jury selection is scheduled in the wrongful death civil lawsuit that the family of Simone Young Kim brought against Ray Coxe, the owner of Rayco Sales gun shop.

26-year-old Kim was shot and killed in August 2006 by Jason Coday. Coday obtained the rifle from Rayco Sales a few days prior to the shooting, the Juneau Empire reported (https://bit.ly/1eLiZtP).

The Kim family is seeking $100,000 in damages because they believe Coxe sold Coday the rifle off of the books. Coxe maintains that Coday stole the rifle.

Video surveillance won’t be available to help the jury decide whether the gun was stolen or sold.

Coxe said previously that one of the store’s two video cameras hadn’t been recording because an employee had forgotten to change the tape. He said the other camera had a broken tape in it.

The Kim family claims that Coxe destroyed the videos to hide evidence that he sold the rifle to Cody without running a background check on him.

The case has been delayed multiple times and almost never made it to trial.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg will be presiding over the trial. He previously dismissed the case, ruling that Coxe was protected from liability under a federal law that largely prohibits lawsuits against gun dealers for injury caused by the misuse of firearms.

The case remained inactive for years as it made its way to the Alaska Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled that the law was constitutional. The high court sent the case back to the Juneau courts to determine if the rifle was stolen or sold.

Jury selection is expected to only take a day and opening statements will follow.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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