Relatives of couple fatally injured in house explosion withdrawing pending claims

Relatives of couple fatally injured in house explosion withdrawing pending claims
World-Herald News Service

Family members of a couple fatally injured in a house explosion in Lincoln last year said Monday that they were withdrawing pending tort claims against the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and Black Hills Energy in the deaths.

Lincoln police announced last week that the explosion had been determined to have been a murder-suicide.

The explosion on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5601 S. 78th St. led to the deaths of residents Jeanne and Jimmy Jasa, both 66 at the time. Jeanne Jasa died on Aug. 29, 2017; Jimmy Jasa died on May 2, 2018.

Dozens of homes in the southeast Lincoln neighborhood also were damaged in the blast.

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Thursday during a press conference that Jimmy Jasa intentionally caused the explosion that killed him and his wife. No further investigative details would be released because of a pending civil claim, the chief said.

In the statement Monday, the Jasa family said, “In light of the recent conclusions reached by the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office and our strong desire to achieve closure to this terrible incident, we have decided not to pursue these viable claims any further.”

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