Former Va. deputy charged in wife’s death sued

September 8, 2011

ROANOKE, Va. — A former Franklin County deputy accused of killing his ex-wife is being sued by the victim’s estate.

Media outlets report that lawyers for the estate of Jennifer Agee announced the lawsuit Wednesday at a news conference in Roanoke. The lawsuit also names Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt as a defendant.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Roanoke Circuit Court claims former Deputy Jonathan Agee and Hunt contributed to the slaying of Jennifer Agee on Memorial Day. The estate is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

Jonathan Agee is charged with fatally shooting his ex-wife at a Roanoke convenience store on May 30. He’s also accused of shooting and wounding state police Sgt. Matthew Brannock in Montgomery County while attempting to flee.

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