The widow of a Danville man who allegedly was shot to death by his neighbor in August has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Boyle County Circuit Court.
Bonnie E. Trachsel of 451 Boone Trail filed the civil action against Jack Caldwell Sr. and several family members and their spouses, alleging that Caldwell "acted intentionally and willfully and with malice and oppression" in the Aug. 22 shooting death of James D. Trachsel.
The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount of damages for pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income and attorneys' fees. The suit was filed by Danville attorneys Ed Hays and Vincent Pennington.
Caldwell, 79, has been indicted for murder in the death of James Trachsel, who was shot five times while operating his riding lawnmower near a property line the two men shared. Police said they believe the shooting was triggered by a long-running dispute between the two men over property lines and drainage problems.