Binghams’ Son Files Wrongful Death Suit

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1996

The son of a couple gunned down at a Lewiston auto repair shop has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against convicted double murderer Ken Arrasmith.

Arrasmith, convicted in the deaths of Ronald and Luella Bingham, calls 17-year-old Joshua Bingham’s claim “ludicrous.”

“Anybody can sue anybody for anything,” he said from the state prison near Boise, where he is serving a life sentence. He shot the Clarkston, Wash., couple, claiming they had sexually abused his teenaged daughter.

Arrasmith also reiterated his intention to file a civil lawsuit against sheriff’s offices in Asotin County, Wash., and Nez Perce County, Idaho, as well as Nez Perce County Prosecutor Denise Rosen.

He said Asotin County did not protect his daughter. He also is considering a suit against Rilla Smith, mother of Luella Bingham, whom he accused of allowing Cynthia Arrasmith’s molestation.

The wrongful death suit was filed in 1st District Court by Coeur d’Alene attorney Harvey Richman on behalf of Joshua Bingham.

It said he has suffered from the loss of his parents, and asks for compensation exceeding $10,000, doubling the award pursuant to Idaho law, and punitive damages.

, DataTimes

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