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Rape-Slaying
(2007-07-25)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The family of a University of
Michigan-Flint provost who was raped and murdered waited too long
to sue even though the killer was NOT arrested until 16 years after
the slaying, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled.
The court's four-three vote today overturned decades of
precedent where time limits on filing lawsuits are halted if
plaintiffs do NOT learn until later about facts allowing them to
sue.
The 1986 rape and murder of 55-year-old Margarette Eby in her
Flint home remained unsolved until 2002, when D-N-A evidence led to
the conviction of man who worked for a sprinkler service.
Eby's daughter then filed suit against the man's family and
others.
The majority says state law bars the suit because it was filed
beyond the three-year statute of limitations.
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