Photo radar shooting victim's widow speaks out - New York News

Photo radar shooting victim's widow speaks out

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

A FOX 10 Exclusive

The wife of Doug Georgianni, the Scottsdale man who was gunned down inside a photo radar van four years ago -- speaks out for the first time.

The interview comes on the heels of a jury finding no fault with the state for the death of her husband -- but she says the lawsuit wasn't about the money. It was about right and wrong and getting justice for him.

"For four years, I've wanted justice for Doug," said Jean Georgianni.  "I woke up every morning knowing I was going to spend the day with my best friend."

"Doug may very well be alive if they'd done as simple as spend a few hundred dollars to give these people bullet proof vests," she said.

Jean believes the Department of Public Safety could have prevented her husband's death, but a jury didn't agree.  The verdict was handed down Tuesday.

"While I respect the fact that six jurors thought otherwise, it doesn't change the truth," she said.

She believes civilian employees, like Doug, should not have been required to sit in marked DPS photo radar vans.

"When there was actually an e-mail death threat to Redflex against its executives and its employees in February, two months before Doug was killed, even though DPS was involved in that investigation, they didn't stop and say geez, somebody could get hurt here."

Still, the jury blamed the shooter, Thomas Destories.  He's currently in prison serving a 20-year sentence. In an exclusive interview with FOX 10, Destories claimed he had no idea anyone was in the photo radar van.

"I wanted to make sure no one was there.  I looked, I checked, it was quiet, it was silent," he said.

"I do believe him that he did not know there was anyone in that vehicle," said Jean.  "It's still very hard, but I'm not a person that holds on to anger.  It poisons your soul."

And after four years of fighting for justice for Doug, she said, "You have to accept sometime that difficult things happen in life and while the result of this court case was difficult, it pales in comparison to what losing Doug did to me in my life."

DPS released this statement:

"In this case, the jury weighed the facts and came to a studied, careful resolution.  The justice system performed its duty."

Georgianni's attorney says they're considering an appeal.

Follow this story:

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices