American alligator (File Photo)
ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court ruling in the death of a woman whose partially-eaten body was found in a subdivision lagoon frequented by an alligator.
The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision means the family of 83-year-old Gwyneth Williams has lost its attempt to have a jury try their case against the owners of the gated community near Savannah where she died.
Her family had claimed that a homeowners' association should have removed an alligator from the lagoon.
The golf club and homeowners' association argued they shouldn't be held liable for wild animals that wander onto the property.
It's unclear whether the alligator killed Williams, but the Supreme Court said her right foot and both forearms had been bitten off. Her mangled body was found in a lagoon patrolled by the gator in October 2007.
Later, an eight-foot gator was found in the lagoon. Williams' limbs were found in its stomach.