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TX: Wife of Slain Officer Goes to Court for Workers’ Comp Death Benefits


By Liz Carey

Pearland, TX ( – For the third time, the wife of a Pearland police officer killed by a drunk driver while on duty will go to court to prove she is entitled to his workers’ compensation benefits.

Lucy Lugo, common law wife of officer Endy Ekpanya, has already proven in court twice that she is entitled to Ekpanya’s death benefits. Now a lawsuit by the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool will force her to prove her status once again.

In June 2016, Ekpanya was responding to a routine call when he was struck by a drunk driver. Clear Creek resident and former principal in the Clear Creek Independent School District Amber Willemsen, 40, was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in Ekpanya’s death.

Willemsen was...

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