Zombiepocalypse trial begins May 8 in Madison

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Heard about the Estate of George Romero v. Ashley Williams? The Zombiepocalypse trial begins May 8 in Madison.

The three-day mock trial is part of the National Mock Trial Championship being held at the Dane County Courthouse on Hamilton Street and the state Capitol on Main Street.

About 1,000 people — students, coaches, volunteer attorneys and judges — will be gathering for the event, the culmination of months of work by high school students.

The case involves this fictional scenario: The owner of an energy drink business winds up dead after an evening with friends at a zombie run. The man's business partner is found not guilty in a criminal court, but the dead man's estate pursues a civil claim against the partner.

In addition to the trial, students will participate in a zombie-themed costume contest.