Sunday, June 22, 2003

Settlement reached in suit over dorm fire death

The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. - A settlement has been reached in a wrongful-death federal lawsuit filed by the mother of a Murray State student killed in a 1998 dorm fire.

Gail Minger, mother of Michael Minger, filed suit against David Wilson, who at the time was Murray State's associate housing director, arguing that Wilson was personally liable for her son's death and made fraudulent statements to Gail Minger.

The Paducah Sun reported on the settlement in a story in Saturday's editions.

The agreement was reached after a hearing Wednesday, said Murray State President King Alexander.

Details of the settlement have not yet been filed in U.S. District Court in Paducah.

District Judge Thomas Russell signed an order of dismissal Thursday after being notified of the settlement. The civil trial was to start on Monday.

Gail Minger declined to comment Friday.

The suit argued that Minger should be entitled to seek damages equal to the amount her son would have earned if he had lived.

The 19-year-old was a sophomore at Murray State on Sept. 18, 1998, when he was killed by a fourth-floor fire at Hester Hall. He died of smoke inhalation.

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