Crime

Loretta Barela Murder Prompts Lawsuit Over 911 Botch

In May, we told you about the guilty verdict against Christopher Perea for the murder of his wife, Loretta Barela. We also noted the botched 911 response that marred the case -- one that foreshadowed the April killing of Kristine Kirk, who was on the phone with an operator when she was shot to death.

Now, Barela's family has reportedly filed a lawsuit over her death, and while the City of Denver hasn't commented on the complaint thus far, a spokeswoman previously acknowledged that an investigation into the matter had been launched, only to be cut short when the dispatcher in question resigned -- and she acknowledged that he'd made mistakes. Photos, a video, an arrest report and more below.

See also: Christopher Perea Murder Verdict -- and 911 Botch That Foreshadowed Kristine Kirk Tragedy

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