Family of slain woman sues Citrus sheriff's office

 

The Associated Press

The mother of a 27-year-old Citrus County Sheriff's Office informant killed during a drug deal in 2012 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the agency on Friday.

Wendy Moore says the sheriff's office failed to protect the identity of her daughter, Jamie Lee Seeger, on the night of July 25, 2012, when she was fatally shot inside her car.

Moore's attorney Bill Grant said during a news conference that he had filed the lawsuit on behalf of Seeger's estate.

Sheriff Jeff Dawsy declined to comment to the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/W4fdD0) on the lawsuit.

During a news conference shortly after Seeger's death, officials had said she wasn't working for them the night she was shot while buying drugs.

According to the lawsuit, Seeger agreed to become an informant in January or February 2012, engaging in numerous purchases of drugs from various dealers under the supervision of the sheriff's office between February and the day of her death.

About a month before she was shot, sheriff's office employees told Seeger that video and audio of drug deals she was involved in were being released as part of the discovery in a drug prosecution case. After her name was released, the lawsuit alleges that she began getting threats. She told her case managers with the sheriff's office and asked for protection. She was told she would be fine, the lawsuit says.

In December, three men were charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Two of the three men charged with Seeger's murder were listed as targets of those drug stings. The third man is a relative of one of the men identified in the sting.

Court records indicate that one of the men charged had previously served five stints in prison and suspected Seeger was working with law enforcement. Once, he directly asked her if she was an informant. Another time, he refused to sell her drugs because he wasn't comfortable.

Despite this, according to court records compiled from the sheriff's own records, investigators continued to use her on drug buys — at least seven more.

The lawsuit claims no protection or surveillance was provided for her safety and that the sheriff's office continued to use her in more controlled purchases.

When Seeger was shot in her car, the lawsuit claims the sheriff's office was monitoring or should have been monitoring the deal that resulted in her death.

Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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