Wichita TV Station Appeals Defamation Decision

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita television station that lost a
defamation lawsuit for naming a possible suspect in the BTK serial
killings is arguing in its appeal that it did nothing wrong.

KSN notes that the report turned out to be accurate, although
police later cleared Roger Valadez. Three months later, police
arrested another man, Dennis Rader, who confessed to the killings.

KSN tells the Kansas Court of Appeals in court papers that the
TV station should not be punished for accurately reporting that
Valadez at one time was a suspect.

Valadez died a month after the jury awarded him $1.1 million in
damages. A judge later threw out most of the verdict, leaving
$250,000 intact.


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