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Date: 11-29-2006

Case Style: Roger Valadez v. Emmis Communications d/b/a KSNW-TV

Case Number: Unknown

Judge: Unknown

Court: District Court, Sedgwick County, Kansas

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Dan Monnat of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, Wichita, Kansas

Defendant's Attorney: Unknown

Description:

Roger Valadez sued Emmis Communications d/b/a KSNW-TV on a defamation theory claiming that defendant wrongfully named his as a suspect in the BTK serial killings. Valadez was arrested Dec. 1, 2004 on minor outstanding warrants and was identified as a BTK suspect.

The station and its news director defended themselves by pointed to evidence that showed police considered Valadez a suspect in the BTK killings.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $1.1 million.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: Editor's Note: The verdict in this case was rendered in October 2006 and Mr. Valdez, age 66, died before any judgment on the verdict becamse final. It is not clear if the verdict is negated by the death of the plaintiff.



 
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