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Verdict favors Dock family
Tamara Dock
Tamara “Nikki” Dock. - photo by Asha Gilbert

The surviving family member of Albert "Spud" Dock won a civil settlement that had been filed in Liberty County State Court after his death in 2019.

According to representatives of the Savage Law Firm in Savanah, attorney Brent Savage successfully secured a verdict by a jury on July 27, awarding $66.5 million. The matter was settled before Liberty County State Court Judge Jeffrey Osteen.

According to a copy of the jury verdict, Tamara Dock, “Spud’s” mom was awarded $50 million for damages and 16.5 million for attorney fees. The money for the verdict comes from insurance.

Dock was killed on Jan. 26, 2019 when Antoine McLendon 22, plowed into the rear end of the car Dock was a passenger in. The car, a Honda Acura was being driven by Dock’s school friend David Jackson.

Dock, Jackson and their other school friend Devin Merchant, were all in the Acura which flipped over into a ditch.

Jackson and Merchant were injured but the wreck claimed the life of Dock, an up-and-coming basketball star at Liberty County High School. He was 18 years old.

McLendon was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, murder, failure to maintain lane, following too closely, speeding in excess of maximum limits, reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle and homicide by vehicle in 1st degree-felony.

The family filed their civil suit in February 2019 with Attorney Brent Savage and Co-Counsel Brad McLelland who has a firm in Brunswick.

The Savage Law Firm representative, Anna Chumley, said their client, Tamara “Nikki” Dock is deeply appreciative of the suit’s outcome.

McLendon’s case in Liberty County Superior Court is still pending.

We will continue to follow this story as more information unfolds. 



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