Murder victim's family is suing her killer Kin seek $12.1 million in a civil lawsuit

November 09, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The family of murder victim Katherine Huntt Ryon has initiated a multimillion-dollar civil suit against her killer, James C. McGee, who is serving a sentence of life without parole.

The paperwork arrived Friday at the Anne Arundel County Court House, but the case was among many not fully entered in court records because of computer problems.

The suit seeks $12.1 million.

McGee, whose mother had been a close friend of Ryon, was convicted April 29, 1996, of ignoring the retired 74-year-old nurse's pleas to save her while McGee's roommate, Richard Willoughby, 35, strangled her with a dog leash in April 1995.

The two had gone to Ryon's home in Wild Rose Shores seeking money to buy drugs. McGee directed the killing after Ryon told them that she had no money for them, according to testimony at McGee's trial.

Willoughby, who had a history of drug use and mental illness, also was sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to the crime last year. He was found dead in July in his prison cell in Jessup. The death was ruled a homicide, but no arrest has been made.

At the time of Ryon's slaying, prosecutors said, McGee, 43, of Annapolis had inherited a $1.2 million trust fund from his mother but had limited access to the money. He was getting income of $2,850 a month from it, according to testimony at his sentencing.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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