The attorney representing the brother of the local homemaker fatally shot by an on-duty Culpeper Police officer hopes to have the wrongful death lawsuit in the matter heard by a jury in a Culpeper courtroom by the end of the year.
  The estate of Patricia Cook continues to seek $ 5.35 million in the civil complaint filed against ex-cop Daniel Harmon-Wright related to her Feb. 9, 2012 death on East Street.

  Last month, a jury found Harmon-Wright guilty of manslaughter and other felony charges, recommending a three-year jail sentence. Now that the criminal proceedings are over, the wrongful death suit can move forward with John Weigler, of Pennsville, N.J., representing his sister’s estate.
  Pat Cook’s husband, Gary Cook, originally filed the civil suit, but he died in September of natural causes – seven months after his 54-year-old wife was shot dead in an altercation with Harmon-Wright on East Street.
  Weigler’s lawyer, J. Gregory Webb of Charlottesville, said Wednesday that his client and Mrs. Cook’s mother were hoping for a more substantial sentence greater than three years for Harmon-Wright.
  “We believe more time would have been appropriate,” Webb said. “The wrongful death case is the continuance of the fight for full responsibility and accountability of Mr. Harmon-Wright and any others that may have been responsible for Mr. Harmon-Wright having a badge and a gun on Feb. 9, 2012.
  “He clearly should not have been a police officer, one whose duty is to protect and serve,” Webb added. “Mr. Weigler will continue the mission to hold Mr. Harmon-Wright and others fully accountable and responsible. Mr. Harmon-Wright had his day in court — now Patricia Cook’s family seeks to have its [...]