Montco Murder Suit Settled Out Of Court

Posted: July 27, 1989

After just two days of testimony, the parties involved in the federal civil lawsuit involving the April 1, 1988, double murder and stabbings at a Montgomery County archaeological site have settled the case out of court.

After hours of private meetings yesterday, attorneys for the four parties involved in the case announced that "the trial is over." They refused to discuss the terms of the settlement, saying they were under orders from U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner not to discuss the case.

A spokeswoman for Weiner, who would not give her name, said Weiner wanted all questions about the case referred to the lawyers.

The settlement ends two lawsuits filed against the Salvation Army and SJS Archaeological Services Inc. of Conshohocken by Clarence and Dolores Dorner, the parents of Clarice J. Dorner, and by Daniel and Lieselotte Killoran, the parents of Annaliese H. Killoran.

Clarice Dorner, 30, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Annaliese Killoran, 22, of Lynn, Mass., had just started working for SJS as field archaeologists when they were slain on April 1 by Arthur Faulkner, a Philadelphia day-laborer and ex-convict who had been hired as a digger by SJS under a Salvation Army- sponsored parole program. Stabbed and wounded in the attack were SJS's president, Glenn W. Sheehan, 39, and his wife, Anne M. Jensen, 31.

Faulkner, 32, was convicted by a Montgomery County jury and on July 5 was sentenced to death.

The Dorners' and the Killorans' suits sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from SJS and Sheehan, the Salvation Army and Daniel G. McManus, director of the Salvation Army's Correctional Services Bureau. The suits contended that SJS and the Salvation Army were negligent when they placed Faulkner, a violent inmate diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic who hated women, in a situation in which he could work unsupervised with several young women.

Still unresolved is a third lawsuit filed in May 1988 in Montgomery County Court by Sheehan and Jensen against the Salvation Army, McManus and four members of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Sheehan and Jensen contend that they requested a "nonviolent inmate" to be paroled and placed with their company and that the Salvation Army and the state board negligently referred Faulkner to them.

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