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Siblings fight over money from 2008 fatal police shooting

Greg Sowinski 419-993-2090 • gsowinski@limanews.com

November 11, 2013

LIMA — A fight over money is brewing between two of the children of Darla Jennings, whose daughter was shot to death during a police raid in 2008.


Tanea Wilson, of Lima, filed the lawsuit against Aundra Wilson, of Lima, and Fifth Third Bank seeking an unspecified amount of money and an injunction to prevent the money from being spent and to have it returned, according to the lawsuit filed in Allen County Common Pleas Court.


The lawsuit said there is potential for more than $100,000 in damages.


Tanea Wilson said she is the administrator of Darla Jennings’ estate. She said Aundra Wilson illegally opened an account and transferred the money from the Darla Jennings Special Needs Trust to another account, the lawsuit said.


Tanea Wilson said she has repeatedly made demands of her brother and to the bank to return the money but with no success. She said she needs the money to pay funeral and other expenses related to her mother’s death on Feb. 8, the lawsuit said.


Aundra Wilson and a representative of Fifth Third Bank could not be reached for comment Monday.


Tanea Wilson said the bank is negligent for allowing her brother to transfer the money into another account. And the bank has failed to take steps to release the money to her, the lawsuit said.


The lawsuit further alleges unjust enrichment, saying her brother and the bank do not have a legal right to hold onto the money. She accuses her brother of breaching his fiduciary duty by holding onto the money.


Tanea Wilson wants the court to grant a temporary restraining order, hold a hearing to grant a preliminary injunction then hold a trial to grant a permanent injunction.


Jennings’ daughter, Tarika Wilson, was shot to death in 2008 inside her home on East Third Street during a drug raid targeting Wilson’s boyfriend. Her 1-year-old son also was wounded. A police sergeant fired his automatic rifle after hearing gunshots, which turned out to be from other officers in another area of the house shooting at dogs.


The city of Lima insurance company reached a $2.5 million settlement with Wilson’s family.