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Court dismisses lawsuits by Brittany Zimmermann's fiance


Associated Press -- A court says the fiance of a slain University of Wisconsin-Madison student cannot recover damages for finding her dead body.

The District 4 Court of Appeals on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits filed by Jordan Gonnering, the fiance of Brittany Zimmermann. 

Gonnering discovered her body in the Madison apartment they shared in April 2008 after she was killed by an intruder who still has not been caught.

Gonnering had filed lawsuits alleging Dane County authorities failed to respond to a 911 call she made before she died, and that the apartment owners failed to secure the building.  He said both were negligent and contributed to his emotional distress.  The court said such claims can only be brought by family members under Wisconsin law, and a fiance does not fall in that category.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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