Insurer won't cover Fairfielder who fatally stabbed neighbor
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#1 Oct 26, 2009
By Daniel Tepfer - CT Post
BRIDGEPORT -- A Superior Court judge on Monday ruled a Fairfield lawyer, who fatally stabbed his disabled neighbor three years ago because he erroneously believed the man had molested his daughter, won't get help from his insurance company in the lawsuit filed against him by the victim's family.
Judge Richard Arnold, in a 19-page decision, stated USAA Casualty Insurance Co. is not responsible for any civil verdict against Jonathan Edington because of his policy's exclusion against intentional or criminal acts.
In August 2007, Edington pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after he serves 12 years, followed by five years probation, for fatally stabbing 59-year-old Barry James in his Colony Street home on Aug. 28, 2006.
Richard Meehan Jr., who represents the James family, said their lawsuit against Edington will head to trial in Superior Court next month.
"Judge Arnold's decision does not affect our lawsuit against Jonathan Edington, it just means his insurance company will not cover him" for any damages, Meehan said.
James, stabbed by Edington nearly a dozen times in the chest, was found by his 87-year-old mother, Rita, lying on the floor of his bedroom at 101 Colony St. in Fairfield, police said.
A short time later, officers went next door to the Edington house at 111 Colony St. and found the suspect at the kitchen sink, his hands and arms covered in the victim's blood.
Rita James told police she was in her kitchen when she heard an argument erupt in her son's bedroom. She entered the room and saw a man climb in through the window, push her son to the floor and stab him repeatedly.
After the attack, the intruder jumped out the window, Rita James told police, adding that she saw the man run to the house next door.
The Edingtons, who were renting the Colony Street house, were vacationing in Rhode Island with family on Aug. 28, 2006, but Jonathan Edington returned home before his wife and two children. Police said when Edington got home, he received a call from his wife who told him their daughter, who was 2 years old at the time, had just told her that she had been abused by Barry James in their home and in his car.
Edington, apparently enraged by the call, ran to the James home and leapt through the window of James' first-floor bedroom and stabbed him to death.
Christina Edington had previously complained to Fairfield police that she could see James walking around the bedroom in his underwear from her kitchen window. Police went to the James home, and Barry James agreed to keep the blinds down in his room when he was undressed. After James' death and her husband's arrest, Christina Edington filed a complaint with police in which she claimed James had molested their daughter.
Fairfield police conducted an intensive investigation into Christina Edington's claims and determined it was improbable that James, who was diabetic and couldn't walk without leg braces, could have pulled himself up the 4 feet to the Edington daughter's window, crawl inside and molest the girl while her parents were home, as Christina Edington had claimed.
James' family later filed the lawsuit against Christina Edington, contending that her false accusations against James contributed to her husband's attack, but a judge threw out that suit.
#2 Oct 26, 2009
USAA is in the right. I never thought the wife was so innocent in all of this. I really think she knew that by these false accusations, she knew that Edington would have an extreme reaction.
#3 Jul 22, 2012
Where did they think that money was going to come from and, what would it do, make the pain go away? No - but why not be greedy if you can??
What is justice? He is doing his time but having everyone's premiums go up to get a payout is absurd. Stop the lawsuits. Change the laws, make something happen with legislation - work to improve, not get paid.
#4 Jul 20, 2013
I can't believe that this pyscho woman is allowed to walk free. It is clear in any research that she is a child molester herself and is probably the one who has molested her daughter. It is clear she was trying to cover her abuse by blaming an innocent man.
I am sure she continues to abuse any child she comes in contact with as it is clear she is a sexually pervert. I wonder if her husband is enjoying the activity he is getting in prison. I doubt he is the father of the child his wife is molesting. Now that they have not only killed an innocent man and destroyed his character, it is only fair that American's do the same to her. She is a walking toilet. And the reason she can't pay off the family the money she owes them is due to the fact she spends it defending herself against other child moletation charges.
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