The family of a Newport Beach physician has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against a man charged with gunning the urologist down in his office, an attorney representing the victim's family said today.
Stanwood Fred Elkus agreed to hand over seven of his properties for an undisclosed sum to the family of Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert, who was killed in January 2013, said attorney Edward Susolik.
In April 2013, Orange County Superior Court Judge David McEachen stopped Elkus from transferring ownership of his eight homes and condominiums in Lake Forest, Huntington Beach and Lake Elsinore to his sister.
The settlement was approved several months ago, but it wasn't until within the past month that all of the property was sold, Susolik said.
"The reason we got such a favorable settlement was because we were able to get that injunction," Susolik said. "There was nowhere he could go (legally) because he couldn't sell the properties. It was a very aggressive litigation move, but it was very successful."
The Gilbert family "is happy the case is over with. It gives them a certain sense of closure," Susolik said.
"Nothing will ever bring back their loving husband and father, but at least they have some vindication that the defendant has been left penniless and is paying at least financially for his crimes," Susolik said.
Elkus still faces trial in the criminal case against him.
--City News Service