Family of slain lawyer wins $5.5 million in defamation suit
The wife and sons of slain Dallas attorney Ira Tobolowsky have been awarded $5.5 million in a defamation suit Tobolowsky filed before his death.
Tobolowsky had sued Steven Aubrey and his partner, Brian Vodicka, in 2015. The case was the extension of a bitter legal battle between Aubrey, who sued his mother regarding a family trust, and Tobolowsky, who was representing Aubrey's mother. Vodicka represented Aubrey.
The suit was working its way through a Dallas County court when Tobolowsky's body was found in his burning garage in May 2016. Authorities determined someone had started the fire intentionally.
Dallas police interviewed Aubrey and Vodicka and searched their homes. Police have made no arrests or named any suspects in connection with the lawyer's death.
Photo: Brothers Jonathan Tobolowsky (from left), Michael Tobolowsky and Zachary Tobolowsky pose for a portrait in their uncle's Dallas home Friday May 20, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)