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Father Files Wrongful Death Suit

Fri., Oct. 25, 1996

The father of murder victim Denise McCoy has filed a wrongful death suit against the estate of Walter Schoolcraft, the man suspected of killing her, but an attorney says there’s nothing in the estate.

Victor McCoy filed the suit this month in Lincoln County. A coroner’s inquest jury last month ruled that Schoolcraft murdered Denise McCoy and her four children on June 11.

Schoolcraft, 48, a bachelor farmer and neighbor of McCoy and her children, shot himself to death the same day, the jury found.

Victor McCoy acknowledges that Schoolcraft’s estate probably has little value. But he said he and his wife face $30,000 in bills for the funerals of their daughter and grandchildren Genevieve King, 12; Jordan King, 10, Chelsea King, 8 and Adrianna McCoy, 2.

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