Kan. Court Hears BTK Killer Defamation Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita television station that lost a defamation lawsuit for naming a possible suspect in the BTK serial killings tells the Kansas Supreme Court it did nothing wrong.

But the attorney for Roger Valadez's estate told the court on Monday that the 2004 television report amounted to defamation and outrageous conduct, as a Sedgwick County jury decided.

Valadez died shortly after the jury's decision. The judge set aside the defamation verdict but let stand the verdict of outrageous conduct.

The station wants the outrageous conduct verdict tossed, while Valadez's estate wants the defamation claim reinstated.

Valadez was never charged. He was arrested on outstanding warrants and released after DNA testing eliminated him as a BTK suspect.

Dennis Rader later confessed to the 10 killings.

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