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Father of murdered teen speaks out about civil trial

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A surprising decision today in a Black Hawk County court room. The judge throws out the case in the civil trial that Donnisha Hill's parents filed over her murder.

Judge Jon Fister said that he found the death of Donnisha Hill was not in the scope of liability for First Student bus service.

Just minutes after Judge Fister made his ruling, the attorney for Hill's parents and her estate were packing up all their files and leaving the Black Hawk County Courthouse.

Adonnis Hill says he disappointed in the ruling.

"I can't believe the judge would rule against... rule in First Student's favor. Right now I'm at a loss for words, but the fight is far from over," said Hill.

During the case, the prosecution tried to show how the bus company failed to keep Donnisha Hill safe. Her parents had asked the bus company that she ride a different bus after learning that David Damm may have sexually abused her.

The new route would have dropped her off farther away from Damm's business, but Donnisha got on her old bus and wanted to be let off at her old stop. That was the same night Hill was abducted and murder outside Galena, Illinois.

Adonnis Hill says there was enough evidence to find the bus company at fault.

"I believe it should have, but that is a matter of a personal opinion. I'm here to fight for my daughter and we wanted to get the story out there and we've accomplished that. The fight is far from over and we just have to continue to get the truth out there and the whole story. The judge heard some of the story and by dismissing it we were not able to get all of the story out there," said Hill.

While Burt is in prison for life and Damm awaiting execution, Hill's family says justice doesn't end there.

"We'll continue to appeal it and continue to seek justice for Donnisha because justice was not served for Donnisha today," said Hill.

The Waterloo Police Department was also part of this civil trial, but they settled before the trial began.  Details of the settlement still haven't been released.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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