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Counsel: Janesville City Council should deny $2 million claim

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GINA R. HEINE
February 4, 2010

The city’s legal counsel is recommending the Janesville City Council deny a $2 million claim brought by relatives of a Beloit woman who was allegedly murdered by a man Janesville police had in custody hours before her death.


The claim alleges negligence by the city and is filed on behalf of the victim’s two children.


Janesville police arrested Donyil L. Anderson, 36, Beloit, at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, on charges of misdemeanor battery and after he reportedly punched the bouncer at Quotes, 24 S. Main St., Janesville. He was released with a court date.


Less than two hours later, Anderson is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend Stacey M. Hosey, 31, and her boyfriend Branden D. Beavers-Jackson, 25, both of Beloit, multiple times at a home in the 2300 block of Pioneer Drive, Beloit.


Janesville Police Lt. Tim Hiers said in August 2008 that the arrest and alleged stabbing were unrelated.


“There are no parallels that we’ve drawn,” he said then.


Hosey was flown to University Hospital in Madison, where she died from her injuries. Beavers-Jackson was treated and released at Beloit Memorial Hospital.


Anderson apparently tried to kill himself after stabbing Hosey, police said. He was hospitalized under police guard before being transferred to the Rock County Jail.


The claim is filed on behalf of Hosey’s two children, Donyil Anderson Jr., and Skylar Hosey. It alleges “the children have been deprived of her companionship and her economic contributions to their futures and demand satisfaction in the amount of $2 million ($1 million each),” according to a memo from assistant city attorney Tim Wellnitz.


Attorney Jack Hoag, representing the children’s maternal grandparents, filed the claim Nov. 30, 2009.


Wellnitz recommended in his memo that the city council deny the claim. The item is on the agenda for Monday’s city council meeting.


Anderson has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide. A jury trial is scheduled to begin May 3 in Rock County Court.



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