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Police officer's estate sues parents of accused killer and pawn shop

ATHENS — The parents of a man accused of shooting and killing two Athens police officers are facing a civil suit.

The estate of Sgt. Larry Russell filed suit this month asking for all damages allowed by law and legal costs against William Barksdale and Mary Barksdale, parents of Farron Barksdale, 30, the man charged with capital murder in the Jan. 2, 2004, shooting deaths of Russell and officer Tony Mims.

The suit also asks for a judgment against Larry's Pistol and Pawn in Huntsville, where Farron Barksdale bought the gun he allegedly used to shoot the officers.

The suit states that the parents were negligent in allowing him access to a gun and that the pawnshop sold a gun to a "known incompetent." Barksdale had involuntary mental commitments on his record, but at the time, the state did not report those to the federal database pawnshops used for background checks.

— Holly Hollman

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