The "Jenny Jones Show" was not responsible for the death of a guest, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, throwing out a $29.3-million jury verdict.
In 1995, Jonathan Schmitz shot and killed Scott Amedure three days after they appeared on a "Jenny Jones Show" segment on confessions of secret admirers. The segment never aired.
Schmitz was convicted of second-degree murder and felony possession of a firearm and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.
Amedure's family filed a wrongful death action against Warner Bros., a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., the "Jenny Jones Show," and the show's producer, Telepictures. The family contended that Schmitz was "ambushed" because the show's producers did not tell Schmitz that same sex crushes were the theme of the show -- an allegation denied by the show.