The family of a Denver woman killed by her husband believes she could have lived if not for a slow response by the 911 despatchers, according to the Huffington Post. In November of 2012, a neighbor of 44-year-old Loretta Barela called 911 twice after seeing her husband, Christopher Perea, hitting Barela and dragging her across the street, but an hour passed before despatchers sent police to Barela’s home. The officers then left after receiving no response at Barela’s door. Perea, whom was later convicted of murder, eventually called 911 to report that he had killed his wife.   The lawsuit, which is not the first to shed light on potential problems with Denver’s response system, names the city of Denver, four 911 employees, and two officers as responsible parties in Barela’s death.

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