The estate of Jennifer Agee is seeking more than $20 million from Jonathan Agee and Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt in a wrongful death lawsuit filed today. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/09-07-Agee-Lawsuit-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=09-07 Agee Lawsuit Wrap1-WEB]
The lawsuit claims Sheriff Hunt was “grossly negligent”, contending Hunt knew Deputy Agee was headed to Roanoke, threatening to kill his estranged wife, and did act appropriately to warn other authorities. Jennifer Agee was shot to death Memorial Day in the Sheetz parking lot near the Roanoke Civic Center. Jonathan Agee awaits trial on murder charges.
Attorney Matthew Broughton of Gentry Locke Rakes and Moore represents Jennifer Agee’s estate, mainly her two daughters, ages seven and 12. He asks anyone with any knowledge of the series of Memorial Day events to contact him.
Neither Sheriff Hunt nor his attorney have yet responded our calls seeking comment.