In May 2006, Garlen Jones filed the lawsuit in Clay Superior Court claiming the city had not provided sufficient notice of the demolition, which allegedly led to the destruction of multiple items of value within the home, which was located at 911 S. Franklin St.
"The house had sat empty for quite a while," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.
Included in the discovery portion of the case were three pages of items Jones claimed were in the home during the demolition, including two airplanes valued at more than $53,000.
According to documents on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Jones was attempting to reclaim damages for both the home itself, and the contents, which were to be based on fair market value at the time of the demolition.
"Neither the inspector or the demolition contractor, Jerry Evans, found any of the 'valuables' Jones alleged was in the structure," City Attorney Bob Pell told The Brazil Times Thursday.
At the time of the demolition, Jones was living in Fillmore and claimed the city had the ability to contact him, based on an ordinance violation notice sent to him in 2003.
After numerous publications regarding other ordinance violations pertaining to weeds and other waste, the Board of Public Works and Safety conducted an Unsafe Building Hearing and approved the demolition on Aug. 25, 2005.
On March 31, 2009, city representatives, Jones and their respective counsel met with court-appointed mediator James O. Henner in an attempt to come to a resolution.
In Henner's report on the mediation, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement, despite meeting in good faith, and the matter was later set for a jury trial.
"We made an offer to resolve the matter, but it was not accepted," Pell said.
The trial began Monday with Craig M. McKee and Pell representing the city and James Ensley representing Jones.
Both sides completed their respective arguments Tuesday, and after closing arguments Wednesday, the jury came back with a verdict for the city, awarding Jones no reclamation or compensation on the items lost.
"McKee has a wealth of experience in civil defense cases, and he did a great job working with us," Pell said. "We are happy the jury returned a verdict in our favor."