Grieving husband files wrongful death lawsuit over 2017 fatal fire in southwest Louisville
A grieving husband and father wants more than justice for the loss of his wife and two stepchildren.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In December, Wayne Riley came home to a shocking scene and devastating news.
Riley's wife Archimeda and stepchildren, Savannah Cooper and Kameron Harris, died from a fire at the family's apartment on Shanks Lane.
"We were married for seven incredible years," Riley said.
Now a grieving husband and father, Riley wants more than justice for the loss of his wife and two stepchildren.
LMPD said Danesha Peden intentionally started the fire over a domestic dispute with someone else. Right now, Peden is locked up at Metro Corrections, charged with murder and arson, but she's not the only one Riley blames.
Last week, he filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Peden and C3 Holdings, LLC, the company that owns the apartment building. The suit claims "the numeric deadbolt on the front door was unlocked and not functioning properly." The suit alleges that allowed Peden access to the building.
"All I am asking for is to have safety for the people that I love more than life itself," he said.
Louisville Attorney Brandon Lawrence represents Riley and said in addition to the complaints, LMPD responded to the apartment building nearly two dozen times last year.
"The tenants complained about the door not being able to be locked," Lawrence said. "When you have that combined with the lack of security, it was foreseeable that, not this specific action would happen, but something of this nature could happen and it happened."
Lawrence said the landlords should have fixed the lock on the front door after following so many police runs to the building.
Right now, prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Peden in the case. The attorney for C3 Holdings, LLC said he has not seen the lawsuit and can not comment right now.
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