GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- The family of Janet Chandler, whowas killed in 1979, filed a civil lawsuit in 2008 against thesecurity firm that employed the men who killed her.
But a judge ruled against it, saying the statute of limitationsfor filing a lawsuit regarding Chandler's murder expired in 1982 --three years after she was brutally raped and killed by employees atWackenhut Corporation, a private security firm.
The employees who have been convicted of the murder are: RobertLynch, Carl Paiva, Freddie Parker, Tony Williams and Bubba Nelson.It wasn't until 2006 that the perpetrators were brought totrial.
But now, the Chandler family is appealing the judge's decision.
Janet's parents, James and Glenna Chandler, have filed an appealwith the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking to have that judge'sdecision overturned -- which would allow them to sue Wackenhut.
The original ruling said while the actions of Paiva wereappalling -- conspiring to cover up Janet's rape and murder --those actions cannot be said to have been committed within thescope of his authority or over the course of his employment.
In 1979, Wackenhut provided security guards to the ChemtronCorporation during a union strike at their chemical plant inHolland.
The security guards were based out of the Blue Mill Inn at thetime of the strike.
Laurie Swank was also convicted in the case, though she did notwork for Wackenhut.
24 Hour News 8 will continue to track developments.
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