Family of Murdered Woman Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $1.25 Million

The family of a North Port woman, who was abducted from her home, raped, and then murdered in 2008, has agreed to a $1.25 million settlement of the wrongful death suit they filed against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The family contended that Charlotte County dispatchers mishandled a 911 call from a Tampa woman who had reported that a dark-colored Camaro had pulled up next to her at a stoplight on U.S. 41 and that she could hear a child screaming from the back seat.

According to The Sarasota Herald Tribune, the dispatch center never relayed the information to deputies who were looking for the mother of two and the abductor’s green Camaro. The wrongful death lawsuit claimed that proper handling of the call would have helped deputies pinpoint the location of the killer and the victim, which could have allowed them to stop the murder before it happened.

The civil trial, which began last month, was abruptly halted after a settlement was announced a day after two former dispatchers testified about what went wrong the day of the abduction. At the time, attorneys for the Sheriff’s Office withheld the amount of the settlement. The proposed settlement agreement was just recently filed in court.

The Herald Tribune reports that the widower is glad the process is over and that he feels that justice had been served.

The infamous murder of this woman was particularly heinous, but the frustration and the pain were compounded because it could have been prevented. If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence or incompetence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. The Tallahassee wrongful death lawyers at Farah & Farah can help you and your family during an especially difficult time. Call us at (800) 533-3555 for a discreet and complimentary review of your case.