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Family files lawsuit against Janesville murder suspect

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Ted Sullivan
July 7, 2010
— The family of the Janesville man fatally shot after a dispute at a traffic light has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the motorcyclist charged in the homicide.

Samuel M. Aegerter’s ex-wife, Amanda L. Aegerter, and his two children, Hannah Aegerter and Anthony Aegerter, filed a civil complaint in Rock County Court on June 24 against James M. Humphrey, accusing him of being responsible and liable for Aegerter’s death.


The family alleges that Humphrey’s negligence caused the loss of love, affection and financial support. The family also lost money because of Aegerter’s medical expenses and funeral costs.


Humphrey, 44, of 1473 Marquette St., Janesville, is accused of shooting Aegerter, 30, of Janesville after a confrontation Friday, June 4, while both were stopped at the Five Points intersection, according to the criminal complaint. Humphrey was riding a motorcycle, and Aegerter was a passenger in a Jeep.


Humphrey is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, and he is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Humphrey remains in the Rock County Jail on $1 million bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum 60 years in prison.


Friends have told the Gazette that Aegerter was dedicated to his two children and that he and his ex-wife stayed on good terms. Aegerter’s divorce was finalized last year.


The court ordered Humphrey not to sell his assets while the lawsuit is in court. Humphrey can’t sell or dispose of his house, savings accounts, checking accounts, retirement accounts and other investments.


Aegerter’s family asked for a judgment against Humphrey in an amount to be determined, according to the lawsuit. They asked for a jury trial.



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