City settles case over 911 calls to help murder victim

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The city has agreed to pay $537,000 to settle a lawsuit over a 40-minute police delay in answering 911 calls to save a woman who was fatally stabbed by her ex-husband.
The city agreed to settle to curtail financial liability, Law Director Max Rothal said Thursday.
The circumstances of the death of Karen Hunter, 38 last May were "unfortunate," Rothal said, but the city still maintains a swifter response would not have helped her survive the attack.
The settlement awaits a judge's approval at a May 29 hearing in Summit County Probate Court, which has oversight of Hunter's estate.
The estate sought more than $10 million in damages, claiming the police delay in responding to several 911 calls by neighbors sealed her fate.
Hunter was abducted at her home and stabbed by her ex-husband, Larry Hunter, 33, on May 24. Hunter pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to life in prison.
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