Lawsuit over murdered teens delayed until 2017

FONDA – The jury trial for a lawsuit stemming from the 2012 murder of two Montgomery County teenagers has been pushed into 2017.

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday for the lawsuit filed by Sandra Damphier, the mother of 16-year-old Paul Damphier, and Bridget Masesie, mother of 13-year-old Jonathan DeJesus.

Paul Damphier and DeJesus were murdered by Anthony Brasmeister and Matthew Phelps in a soybean field on the property of Phelp’s grandparents, Donna and Peter Phelps, who lived off Snooks Corners Road on July 9, 2012.

According to court records, Dejesus and Damphier were lured to the site by Phelps and Brasmeister, who then shot both of the teens. The shooting allegedly occurred over a disagreement between Damphier and Phelps and Brasmeister.

According to the lawsuit, DeJesus was not involved in the argument and had simply followed along to the site with his friend Damphier that afternoon.

Court records state that Phelps and Brasmeister were caught after they allegedly bragged about the crime to a friend, who then went to police.

Named as defendants, besides Brasmeister and Phelps, are Timothy and Emily Brasmeister, parents of Anthony Brasmeister; Donna and Peter Phelps, and Paul Korona, Emily Brasmeister’s boyfriend with whom she was living with at the time of the murders.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants failed to properly secure their firearms, leading to the deaths of Paul Damphier and DeJesus on July 9, 2012.

Brasmeister and Phelps – who were 16 and 15 years old at the time of murders – pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in April 2013.

The lawsuit states Damphier and DeJesus were murdered with a Savage brand rifle owned by Donna and Peter Phelps and a single-shot Rossi .22-caliber rifle owned by Emily and/or Timothy Brasmeister and kept in the home Emily Brasmeister and Paul Korona shared.

The suit seeks damages for wrongful death/claim for conscious pain and suffering and loss of consortium. Punitive damages are also sought. The plaintiffs are asking for jury trial.

The new jury trial date has been set for March 6, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Montgomery County Court.

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