A Coryell County jury Wednesday afternoon returned a verdict for the defense in a lawsuit charging personal injury filed by a one-time guest of the Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive Thru Safari.
Robert McCarty and his attorney alleged McCarty injured his shoulder in 2004 when he tried to push a camel’s head out of his car.
The alleged incident happened July 22, 2004 as McCarty drove through the ranch in the Topsey Community near Copperas Cove.
The nine-man, three-woman jury voted 11 to 1 to hold defendant Gary Friedel harmless and find the wildlife ranch without liability for McCarty’s injuries.
Friedel told News 10 McCarty originally said he was seeking $1.9 million in the suit.
Friedel has owned and operated Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive Thru Safari, near Copperas Cove, since 1984.
The ranch is home to several dozen wild animals and guests may drive through the park to view the animals and, in some cases, feed them.
Friedel also breeds exotic animals and sells them to other parks and zoos around the world.
The park has operated since September 1984.
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