Kentucky Jail Lawsuit Settled


A lawsuit has been settled by the families of two women that were killed by escaped convicts and a Kentucky jail. The families of Samantha Burns and Alice Donovan settled the lawsuit with Hopkins County, the county jail, and its employees, which they filed as a result of the two women being killed by criminals that had escaped.

When the two inmates, Branden Basham and Chadrick Fulks, escaped in 2002 they went on a multi-state killing spree, and the two women became their victims. The lawsuit accused jail employees of failing to supervise the inmates properly and failing to have properly working security equipment, which they claim aided the escape of the criminals.

The two inmates were given life for the killing of nineteen year old Donovan, and received death sentences for the killing of forty four year old Burns. The bodies of the two murdered women have never been recovered.

On the day that they escaped the two men had been left unsupervised in the jail yard for around one and a half hours, and because security cameras had been positioned elsewhere they were able to escape.


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