Judge rejects lawsuit over deaths of 2 women

Judge rejects lawsuit over deaths of 2 women

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the federal government by the family of two women killed by a Fort Campbell soldier.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III found that the government could not be held liable for the actions of Army Sgt. Brent Burke when he shot and killed his estranged spouse, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, in Rineyville, Kentucky, in 2007.

The family sued in federal court and claimed that Army officials should have confiscated Burke's weapons and warn the women of any potential danger.

Simpson found that the Army lacked a legal duty to control Burke's actions outside of his employment.

A military jury found Burke guilty on two charges of premeditated murder and sentenced him to life in prison.

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