Family of murdered woman sue killer, state.

Family members of murder victim Beth Kennard have filed a civil suit in Kitsap County Superior Court against the state of Washington, a state corrections employee and her convicted killer.

Brodie Edric Walradt is serving a life sentence for the Sept. 17, 1999, rape, torture and murder of Kennard, who was 22. Walradt also killed Kennard’s near-term baby, Alexis Ann.

Richard Shattuck, attorney for the Kennards, said the family wants to make sure no family has to endure the loss they have. Kennard’s 7-year old son is also named as a plaintiff in the suit.

The family is seeking an unspecified amount in damages that will ensure the child will continue to have the counseling needed to cope with the tragedy, Shattuck added.

Kennard was murdered in her parents’ Central Kitsap home days after she told Walradt to leave her and their unborn child alone. She had gotten a restraining order against Walradt.

According to court documents, Walradt broke into Kennard’s home bludgeoned her with a log and suffocated her. The two had been dating for about a year.

The suit contends the corrections system failed to supervise Walradt who was a parolee in community custody at the time of the murder. The state, Department of Corrections and the employee responsible for monitoring Walradt “knew or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known that Walradt was dangerous and posed a danger to Beth Kennard.”

Kennard’s parents filed a claim for damages with the state in January of this year and has received little response, Shattuck said.

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