MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Local News

October 18, 2013

Woman sues over death benefit for slain child

Grandmother of Ja’Cion Logan files against insurance company, agents

A woman whose grandchild was shot to death in 2011 is suing an insurance company for failing to pay off on the child’s life insurance policy.

Sandra Cooper of Muskogee had purchased the policy for her grandson, Ja’Cion Logan, through Reliable Life Insurance Company, whose offices are in St. Louis, Mo., according to court documents filed by attorney Rusty Smith. The insurance agents, James Walton and Larry Spears, both of Tulsa, also are named as defendants.

No one was available to speak on behalf of Reliable Life Insurance Company.

According to the suit, Cooper was named the beneficiary in the $10,000 policy she purchased for Ja’Cion, and the payments for the policy were up to date at the time of Ja’Cion’s death.

Cooper had requested payment, “but Defendant Reliable has not paid said sum or any part thereof,” the suit states.

Ja’cion was killed Dec. 21, 2011, at his grandmother’s home on Indianapolis Street. Cooper told police when she opened the front door shortly after 7 p.m. that evening, a man with a gun tried to force his way into the house. Cooper was trying to close the door and push the shooter outside. But, before she could get him out, the gun fired, killing Ja’cion.

Elbert Meeks, 21 at the time, was arrested and tried for first-degree murder. He was acquitted March 5, 2013. No other arrests have been made, and no one else has been charged in Ja’Cion’s death.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks