PROVO Kristy Ragsdale was shot in a Lehi church parking lot by her estranged husband. And now attorneys want him to pay for the expenses and damages as a result of what they call her "wrongful death."
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in 4th District Court, attorney Robert L. Jeffs. acting on behalf of the guardian ad litem assigned to the Ragsdale children, states that David Ragsdale, by killing his wife, deprived their two boys of a loving and supportive mother.
"(The boys) are entitled to be awarded punitive damages against ... David Ragsdale in an amount to be determined by the court for his intentional and wrongful conduct," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit asks for no less than $1 million to help pay for funeral expenses, as well as money for the children, Brandon and Carter.
Right now, the boys, ages 4 and 2, are being taken care of by Ann Palizzi, Kristy's mother, in a temporary order from the court regarding guardianship.
Palizzi is living in the Ragsdale home as part of that order, but the parties have agreed that the home should be put up for sale in several weeks, said William M. Jeffs, guardian ad litem and conservator for the children, plus the personal representative of her estate.
Guardianship will be decided officially in a later court hearing.
"We thought it was important for the kids' benefit to file the action as quickly as possible," said Robert Jeffs, the brother of William Jeffs.A judge on Monday ordered Ragsdale to stand trial on a charge of aggravated murder and two charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child.