On Aug. 14, the murder of a Georgia police officer was highlighted on a television crime show called “Fatal Attraction”. The 34-year-old African American officer was shot and killed in her East Point residence by an estranged partner over the Fourth of July weekend in 2013.
When the authorities arrived at her home, they reportedly found the police officer in her bedroom. Her injuries indicated that she had been shot in the head within the last three days of discovering her body. The woman’s boss said that she had not shown up for work and that she had been impersonated in text messages. It was alleged that her 30-year-old ex-partner found out about a new girlfriend after spending the holiday weekend with the officer. She had not only impersonated the officer when talking to the boss but had also sent threatening messages on Facebook to the new girlfriend.
The ex-partner was taken into custody and ultimately received a life sentence for the crime, though it was reported at the time that prosecutors were looking at the death penalty. The show claimed that the ex-partner committed the crime with the intention of obtaining life insurance proceeds.
When a person is killed in a violent crime, family members may be eligible to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the perpetrator. This is a separate proceeding from any criminal trial, and an attorney can outline the types of damages that can be sought.
Source: TV Crime Sky, “Crystal Parker, Danielle Parker: Ex-Female Lover Murdered East Point Police Officer On Next TV One’s ‘Fatal Attraction'”, Traciy Curry-Reyes, Aug. 14, 2017