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Jonathan Blunk's widow files lawsuit

7:58 AM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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By Jeremy Jojola

DENVER (KUSA) - The widow of Jonathan Blunk - a father of two who was killed during the Aurora theater shooting in July - is suing the suspect's psychiatrist for negligence and wrongful death.

PDF: Read the lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Denver by Chantel Blunk's attorney who is based in Reno, Nev.

Listed as the defendant is Dr. Lynne Fenton who was suspect James Holmes' psychiatrist before the shooting.

Blunk's lawsuit accuses Dr. Fenton of knowing Holmes was dangerous and says Fenton rejected a police officer's idea of placing the suspect in a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

"Dr. Fenton had a duty to use reasonable care to protect the public at large from James Holmes," the lawsuit says. "Dr. Fenton was presented with the opportunity to use such reasonable care when the Colorado University Police offered to apprehend James Holmes on a psychiatric hold. Defendant Fenton breached her duty to use reasonable care.

The University of Colorado Denver responded to the lawsuit in an emailed statement:
"The University of Colorado Denver has nothing but sympathy for the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting and their families, but in our initial review of this case, the University believes this lawsuit is not well-founded legally or factually.


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