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Brian Burns ordered to pay millions after lawsuit

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SALINE CO. -- A judge has entered a wrongful death verdict in favor of the estate of Carla Burns, who was murdered back in 2016. Dr. Brian Burns, a Harrisburg physician, was her estranged husband. 

He's accused of killing her, and burning her body. Carla's family, with the help of a Marion lawyer, sought justice in civil court and a judge has ordered Burns to pay them more than 10 million dollars.

More than two years after 49 year-old Carla Burns was murdered, her family will be compensated for their loss. A judge has ordered 56 year-old Brian Burns to pay 11 million dollars to Carla's sons. The lawyer for the family, Steve Stone, says that verdict came in two parts. 10 million for her estate, and one million because Burns interfered with Carla's remains, causing emotional harm. 

"The allegations are, he mutilated her and destroyed her remains and prevented her family from being able to bury her," said Stone. 

Before this verdict, Burns would have inherited Carla's retirement and pension. Stone says this verdict prevents that from happening. 

Burns was notified of the lawsuit but chose not to defend himself. 

Despite the fact that he was served with a lawsuit, and provided notice of the lawsuit, he chose not to enter his appearance to hire a lawyer or to defend himself in any way," said Stone. 

Stone says each son is entitled to equal portions from the estate, as well as the one million dollars a judge ordered Burns to pay. 

"Not only have we provided justice for the children but we've made sure that he cannot inherit things that belong to her," said Stone. 

Burns is currently in the Saline County Jail awaiting trial on murder charges. Stone says this civil settlement cannot be used against Burns during that trial.

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