Family of murdered teacher seeks $55M in damages from estranged husband
(WMC-TV) - Heather Palumbo-Jones' family says her estranged husband, Chris Jones, owes their children money. A complaint was filed two days ago on April 15, 2014, which is exactly one year after police say Heather Palumbo-Jones was murdered.
Now her loved ones say her husband and accused killer owe their children $55 million.
Chris Jones told WMC Action News 5 he did not do it, but police and prosecutors beg to differ.
The Jones family has two children together, an 8-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. According to a complaint filed in Shelby County circuit court, their daughter was home at the time Chris is accused of killing his estranged wife. And she "was in a position where she could reasonably perceived (sic) and be aware of it happening."
Her now legal guardians say the little girl suffers from "severe emotional distress" as a result.
Germantown police investigators say after Chris killed Heather, he set her on fire, rolled her up in an mattress, and dumped the body in a wooded area of off Highway 64.
They discovered her, they say, when Chris lead them to the body during an eight-hour taped confession.
This lawsuit says both of the children continue to suffer "severe emotional distress" after they "lost the love, affection, attention, education, guidance, care, protection, training, companionship, and cooperation of their mother."
For which this complaint now seeks $5 million dollars in compensatory damages plus $50 million dollars in punitive damages from the children's father and their mother's accused killer.
WMC Action News 5 called the attorney who filed this complaint as well as Heather's family for comment but have not heard back.
Chris Jones will be served this process in the Shelby County Jail where he awaiting trial.
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