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Family hopes $150B civil award prompts charges

Texas family hopes $150 billion civil judgment helps prompt criminal charges in burning death By The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) ' An attorney who persuaded a Texas jury to award a $150 billion judgment says he hopes the civil verdict will persuade prosecutors to seek charges against a man he says set a boy on fire.

Robbie Middleton survived for 12 years before dying last year of a rare skin cancer that attorneys argue was related to burns he suffered on his eighth birthday.

Lawyer Craig Sico and Middleton's family say they likely won't see any money from the verdict reached this week in La Grange. However, they hope it prompts a renewed investigation into Don Wilburn Collins, who Middleton accused of setting him on fire.

Prosecutors say Collins never faced charges, in part because inconsistencies in evidence. Collins, in prison on an unrelated conviction, is to be released next year.

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