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Dane Co judge: Negligence claim should wait in Zimmermann case

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has ruled a negligence claimed filed by the family of a slain student should wait until after the criminal investigation.

An intruder strangled and stabbed to death 21-year-old Brittany Zimmermann on April 2, 2008. Her killer has not been found.

Her family filed the negligence claim against 911 dispatcher Rita Gahagan. Police have said A 911 call from Zimmermann's cell phone was made around the time she was killed.

Gahagan handled the call, but union officials have said she heard nothing.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the judge indicated Wednesday there are enough disputed facts as to the 911 call's timing and the cause of the call's disconnection. The judge also said a jury should decide whether Zimmermann suffered emotional distress caused by the call.

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