LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Florida woman whose antigovernment husband and stepson died last year in a shootout with Arkansas police officers says her loved ones suffered "torture killings" and wants authorities to pay her restitution in the form of gold, according to a lawsuit.
Jerry Kane, 45, and his son, Joseph, 16, died in West Memphis last May after the teen fatally shot two police officers near a highway exit ramp. Sgt. Brandon Paudert, 39, and Officer Bill Evans, 38, were killed in the shooting. Video from a dashboard camera of a police SUV showed the teen firing an AK-47 at the officers during a traffic stop before he and his father got back into their van and drove away. The two were killed about 90 minutes later in a shootout at a Walmart parking lot.
The elder Kane, who lived in Ohio, considered himself a sovereign citizen, part of a group of U.S. residents who declare themselves above federal and state laws and sometimes don't recognize the court system.
His widow, Donna Lee Wray-Kane, filed the lawsuit Tuesday. In the suit, she specifies how the money should be paid: "gold at $38 dollars per troy ounce." Sovereign citizens believe the nation went bankrupt when it abandoned the gold standard.
Wray-Kane, who has denied that her husband and stepson were sovereign citizens filed her suit in the Middle District of Florida. In it, she cites the "Constitutions of Florida and Arkansas and for the united states of America" and ticks off numbers of sections and clauses, including one that deals with piracies and felonies on the high seas.