Murder victim's family files claim against Federal Way police

The Seattle Times

December 9, 2008

The family of a woman who was killed earlier this year after her boyfriend was served with an anti-harassment order have filed a claim accusing the Federal Way Police Department of failing to ensure that the order was enforced.

The daughters of Baerbel Roznowski, 66, are seeking up to $12 million in damages for her stabbing death on May 3.

Roznowski filed for the order against her boyfriend, Chan "Paul" Kim, on May 1. Police delivered the order at the couple's home two days later while both Roznowski and Kim were inside the home, according to the lawyers representing Roznowski's daughters.

Police say that Kim left the residence after the order was served. He returned after the officers left and killed Roznowski with a steak knife before attempting to kill himself, police said.

Kim, 68, was charged with first-degree domestic-violence murder.

Carola Washburn and Janet Loh, the slain woman's daughters who live in California, filed the claim in King County Superior Court this afternoon. "It's a case that the family wants to bring to prevent this from happening again," said attorney Jack Connelly, who is representing the women. "The order said he was supposed to leave the premises. It's far below standard."

Roznowski's daughter's are seeking $8 million to $12 million in damages, according to the claim.

Reached today for comment, the Federal Way City Attorney's Office said they weren't aware of the claim.

 

By Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle Times staff reporter