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Appeals court rejects insurance company inclusion in Dobry wrongful death suit

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court says the parents of a northeast Wisconsin murder victim cannot sue the company that insured the home where the slaying occurred.  

The Third District Appellate Court in Wausau rejected an effort to include Wilson Mutual Insurance in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of 19-year-old Shawn Dobry.  

The firm insured the home of Robert and Sande Walker of Oconto Falls. They were out of town when their 19-year-old son Jordan hosted a party in 2010, just before he was about to join the Marines -- and Dobry was shot by a new gun that Walker was showing off.  

Dobry's parents said Wilson Mutual should be liable. The parents said it was ambiguous whether the case fell under a clause that does not allow coverage for criminal acts.  

A circuit court said the exception applies, and the appellate judges agreed Tuesday.  

Jordan Walker was criminally found guilty of negligent homicide and obstructing police, and was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.  

Walker claimed to police that Dobry injured himself -- but authorities said Walker fired the fatal shot, and he obstructed police, and encouraged others at the party to do the same. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)