Officer Kilcullen's wife files suit against accused killer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The wife of a slain Eugene police officer has filed a $5.75 million lawsuit against the mentally ill woman accused of killing him.

Officer Chris Kilcullen was fatally shot April 22, 2011, after pulling over a woman suspected of driving erratically.

A Lane County judge found 56-year-old Cheryl Kidd too mentally ill to stand trial on a charge of aggravated murder. She remains in the state mental hospital.

The Oregonian reports that the suit filed in Multnomah County faults Kidd for buying a handgun while battling schizophrenia and for failing to take her prescription medicine.

The lawsuit also names the officer's auto insurance company as a defendant for failing to pay uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits.


Information from: The Oregonian

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