Wisconsin Family Sue Diocese of Superior ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wisconsin Family Sue Diocese of Superior

The family of one of two men killed by a Roman Catholic priest at a funeral home in Hudson, Wisconsin is suing the Diocese of Superior for wrongful death. James Ellison, 22, was killed at the shootings in O'Connell Family Funeral Home (FEB02). His parents, Cartsen and Sally Ellison, claim that church leaders were aware of the priest's questionable behavior but failed to do anything about it. The Reverend Ryan Erickson committed suicide just days after police questioned him about the shootings (DEC04). According to the prosecution, there is evidence that Erickson's other victim, funeral director Daniel O'Connell had discovered that Erickson was either sexually abusing someone or providing alcohol to minors.

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