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State will pay $900,000 to settle case against sheriff

Former Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt was accused in a lawsuit of failing to prevent one of his deputies from gunning down his ex-wife. Now, the ex-wife’s family will get $900,000 from the state to settle the suit on behalf of the former sheriff.

Roanoke’s Matt Broughton, who represented the family, said the money will be paid through the state’s risk management agency. Most of it will go to the victim’s two daughters, he said.

Hunt’s attorney, Jim Guynn of Salem, told The Roanoke Times some media reports about the dramatic incident last Memorial Day would have made it difficult for Hunt to get a fair trial.

The deputy accused in the case faces trial for murder next month.

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