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Parents of KU student slain by ex-boyfriend seek changes to state law

Death of KU law student spurs push for action during next legislative session

The parents of slain Kansas University law student Jana Mackey said Thursday that they will push for changes in state law in hopes of reducing domestic violence.

December 10, 2009

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Christie Brungardt, the mother of murder victim Jana Mackey, speaks Thursday at a news conference in support of legislation to reduce domestic violence. A photo of Mackey is on a screen beside Brungardt.

Christie Brungardt, the mother of murder victim Jana Mackey, speaks Thursday at a news conference in support of legislation to reduce domestic violence. A photo of Mackey is on a screen beside Brungardt.

— The parents of slain Kansas University law student Jana Mackey said Thursday that they will push for changes in state law in hopes of reducing domestic violence.

“We believe it is our personal responsibility to use the story of Jana’s life and the story of her death to help reduce violence against women,” said Mackey’s mother, Christie Brungardt.

“It is our deep desire to turn this tragedy into something positive,” she said during a news conference at the YWCA. About 50 people attended.

Mackey, who was murdered in July 2008 in Lawrence, was well-known for her work on many social justice issues. Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was arrested in New Jersey in connection with Mackey’s death, committed suicide in a holding cell.

Christie Brungardt and Mackey’s stepfather Curt Brungardt, both of Hays, rolled out their priorities for what they called “Jana’s Campaign.”

The campaign, which includes a group of advocates fighting domestic violence, calls for passage of a bill that would require a domestic violence designation be placed on all legal documents associated with a criminal act related to an intimate relationship.

Sandy Barnett, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, said the proposal would help law enforcement keep track of repeat offenders. Sometimes a crime is committed, such as arson, and it goes undetected as a domestic crime, she said.

The bill would also require domestic violence offenders to undergo assessments for possible interventions and treatments. The Brungardts said this would reduce repeat offenses.

The legislation, introduced last session as House Bill 2335, is expected to be considered during the 2010 session, which starts next month. The Brungardts said they also would work on ensuring that sexual assault victims, especially in rural areas, have access to local specialized care instead of having to travel far for assistance.

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local_support 4 years, 4 months ago

Jana's parents sound like amazing people. I just want them to know how much this sort of action means to people whose lives have been affected by domestic violence but are unable to find the courage you two have been able to draw upon. God bless you both.

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Robert Burnham 4 years, 4 months ago

Suicide was too easy for this scum bag.

Don't think these A-holes can be reformed, or changed. I've seen so many women who think these guys can change, all you've done is bought a life time of misery...if you live that long.

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sadistnations 4 years, 4 months ago

what did she do to make him kill her?

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