Four years ago, a husband and wife lured and killed Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter. They posed as clients, asked her to show them a remote listing, kidnapped her for ransom, and killed her when their plan fell apart.
In September of last year, the family of Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter filed a wrongful death suit against her real estate firm. They claim she was never trained to handle the “life-threatening” dangers she faced.
Last Thursday, a judge dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit on the grounds that it was filed too late. The statute of limitations for this type of case is three years. Carter’s family filed the lawsuit three years and four days after she was kidnapped.
- The family of Beverly Carter filed a wrongful death suit against her real estate firm
- A judge recently dismissed the suit because it was filed outside the relevant statute of limitations
- Carter’s family filed the lawsuit four days too late for the three-year statute of limitation
A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against a real estate firm from the family of a central Arkansas woman who was kidnapped and murdered while working there, ruling that it missed the statute of limitations by three days.
The wrongful-death suit, filed Sept. 29 by Beverly Carter’s husband and two sons, alleges that Crye-Leike of Arkansas knew that she faced “life-threatening” dangers while working as a real estate agent but never trained her to handle them.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox said in a court order that the case was filed outside the relevant statute of limitations, after a motion from Crye-Leike arguing that the plaintiff’s claims about timeliness of the case and the firm’s negligence were not compelling.
Family attorney Bryce Brewer had argued that the statute of limitations expired three years after Carter was pronounced dead, which was Sept. 30, 2014, the same day her body was found, court documents show.
The real estate agency argued that the date of the Realtor’s kidnapping, Sept. 25, determines the statute of limitations. It also said in a motion for summary judgment that the facts of the case as well as testimony from Lewis and his wife, Crystal Lowery, show Carter was killed Sept. 26.
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