Wrongful death suit for teen involved in Big O shooting
Legal troubles aren’t over yet for Logan McClelland, the teen found guilty of reckless manslaughter in the shooting death of a Big O Tire store employee Bradley Blehm.
Blehm’s son Nathan filed a wrongful death lawsuit at a review hearing Oct. 18 against McClelland and his father, Tom McClelland, in the Aug. 9, 2010 shooting death that took place at the Monument tire store. Nathan Blehm is seeking damages for grief, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, impairment of quality of life, negligence and economic losses according to the Fourth Judicial District Court.
McClelland was found guilty of reckless manslaughter in June after a nearly three-week trial. McClelland’s defense team claimed the shooting was in self defense, although the teen, who was 18 at the time, shot the unarmed Blehm seven times.
McClelland, his father, Tom, and younger brother, Luke, stopped at the Big O Tire store to get a tire fixed when a verbal altercation ensued between Tom McClelland and Blehm. Blehm had been drinking that day at woek and was shouting profanities when Tom McClelland complained to the store manager resulting in Blehm being asked to leave the premises by his boss.
As the McClellands were driving away, Blehm, who had waited for them in the parking lot, approached their vehicle, threatening the family. Witnesses testified that Blehm reached in and tried to grab Tom McClelland while others testified that Tom McClelland pushed open his truck door knocking Blehm back. Logan McClelland grabbed his father’s gun out of a backpack, exited the truck and shot Blehm seven times. McClelland claimed the shooting was in self defense because his father was in poor health. Initially Logan McClelland said his father instructed him to get the gun, but he then later changed his story and said that he grabbed the gun.
Tom McClelland has been named in the lawsuit because he told his son to grab the gun and because he hit Blehm with his truck door.
Logan McClelland was sentenced to a six-year maximum prison sentence by Judge Jann DuBois in August of 2011.