The Georgia Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision tossing out a suit filed by the widow of a deputy killed by convicted Fulton County Courthouse killer Brian G. Nichols, who killed four people during and after his bloody escape while on trial for rape.

The opinion, authored by Judge Sara L. Doyle, said that Deborah Teasley’s suit against Fulton County, its former Sheriff Myron Freeman and several current and former deputies was barred because her husband, Fulton County Deputy Sgt. Hoyt Teasley, was himself a county employee and thus not eligible to sue the county or its sheriff under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Act.

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