, Muskogee, OK

October 18, 2013

Woman sues over death benefit for slain child

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

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— 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.

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