Murder victim's husband sues security firm
CHICAGO -- The husband of a woman who was strangled during the robbery of suburban Chicago Burger King in 2006 is suing the security firm that equipped the restaurant with its alarm systems.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court by Kenneth Hutchison Jr. claims the restaurant and the safe inside were both equipped with alarm systems provided by Stand Guard Inc. that did not activate during the robbery. The lawsuit contends the malfunctions contributed to Mary Hutchison's murder.
Forty-three-year-old James Ealy of Lake Villa is accused of robbing the restaurant where he used to work. Prosecutors allege he beat Hutchison and used the bow tie from her uniform to strangle her.
The criminal case against Ealy, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is pending.
Lake County prosecutors said in December 2007 they would seek the death penalty against Ealy for Hutchison's murder.
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