Murder victim’s estate sues state, city of Lakewood

Staff writerJanuary 23, 2014 

The estate of a Pierce County murder victim has sued the state Department of Corrections, contending the agency did not do enough to supervise the three ex-cons convicted of killing Lenard Masten.

The lawsuit, filed this month in Superior Court by attorney Vicky Currie, seeks unspecified monetary damages for wrongful death. Florida resident Carol Davenport is the personal representative of the estate.

The city of Lakewood also is named as a defendant.

Officials for the Corrections Department and Lakewood declined to comment for this story, citing policies against talking about pending litigation.

Masten died in January 2011, shot to death in a set-up robbery. Prosecutors said Kisha Fisher, Mario Steele and Cory Trosclair conspired to rob Masten, whom they knew. The father of two was shot and killed during the robbery.

Fisher, Steele and Trosclair were convicted of killing Masten. All are serving lengthy prison terms.

The lawsuit contends Masten would be alive had state community corrections officers properly supervised Fisher, Steele and Trosclair, all of whom had been under state supervision since the 1990s for various crimes.

All were high-risk offenders who should have received extensive supervision, the suit states. The trio had convictions for car theft, robbery and drug crimes, among others.

“As a result of defendant’s extreme and/or reckless conduct, the plaintiff and the estate’s beneficiaries have suffered, and will continue to suffer, extreme and severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit states.

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