Son of woman killed by Atascadero man to receive $1 million
April 29, 2016
The son of an Atascadero woman who was shot and killed by her mentally-ill neighbor will receive $1 million over the course of his life. The mother of the killer agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed against her. [Tribune]
In May 2013, Mark Andrews, 53, entered the home of Colleen Barga-Milbury, 52, and shot her twice — once in the abdomen and once in the head. Barga, Milbury’s son, found his mother’s body when he returned home from school.
Andrews’ attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said during the murder trial that Andrews believed he was a werewolf and Barga-Milbuary was a vampire. God commanded Andrews to kill the vampire, Funke-Bilu said.
A jury convicted Andrews of first-degree murder and then ruled he was sane at the time of the killing. Andrews is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.
In May 2015, the victim’s son, Robert Barga, 18, sued Andrews’ mother, Carol Andrews. Barga’s lawsuit argued Carol Andrews should not have allowed her son to possess a cache of guns and other weapons due to his 20-year history of mental health problems.
During the trial, a district attorney’s investigator testified officers found 10 daggers, seven swords, a spike-tipped hammer, a machete a large battle ax, armor, helmets, rifle shells and a cabinet with several rifles inside Andrews’ room. One of the rifles officers found was the gun Andrews used to kill Barga-Milbury.
Last week, Andrews’ family reached a settlement with Barga, which will grant him $1 million, the policy limit, invested in annuities. The settlement will give Barga an income for life.
Lou Koory, Barga’s attorney, said Barga is currently living in New York with his aunt and preparing to graduate high school.