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Family ponders suit in murder-suicide

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Gazette Staff
March 4, 2009
— The family of Jenni Vordermann will move forward with its case against the city of Edgerton and Rock County despite denials from both municipalities, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.

Jenni’s family filed a notice of claim totaling $2.9 million against Rock County and Edgerton after Jenni was killed in August by her husband, Shaun Vordermann. Shaun then killed himself.


The claim says Edgerton police should have arrested Shaun before the murder-suicide and Rock County Crisis Intervention or the police should have warned Jenni when Shaun was released from its custody the day before the bodies were found.


The Edgerton City Council denied the claim Monday night. The Rock County Board denied it Jan. 22.


The family now has six months to file a lawsuit, but Brian Brophy, the family’s attorney, said the family hopes to reach a settlement with the county and city.


“If there were a way to do that without a lawsuit, that would be great,” he said. “We’re still in the early stages.”



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