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 owners of the gated community near Savannah where she died in 2007.
Her family maintained 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.
The Supreme Court said her right foot and both forearms had been bitten off. Later, an eight-foot gator was found in the lagoon. Williams’ limbs were found in its stomach.