Family of Beaten and Killed Man Sues

The family of Eric Benson, a man who was assaulted and killed in Portland two years ago, is now suing the attacker and the bar he was at before the assault.  Benson’s family claims that negligence and recklessness in the lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Superior Court against the assaulter, William Googines, and the operators of the Oasis bar.

Googins had made sexual advances on Benson’s friend.  When Benson stood up for the girl, Googins punched him.  Benson struck his head on the ground and died hours later.  Googins was convicted of assault.  Benson’s family is seeking unspecified damages.