Slain woman’s family lawsuit against restaurant can continue

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge says a wrongful death lawsuit can continue in the case of a woman fatally shot by her husband along with her two daughters at a Cleveland-area restaurant.

The 2012 lawsuit against Cracker Barrel was filed by the brother of Katherina Allen, who was shot in April 2012 at the restaurant in suburban Brooklyn, Ohio.

The lawsuit alleges the restaurant failed to protect Allen and her two daughters, Kerri and Kayla, from Allen’s husband Kevin Allen. reports ( ) that Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Judge Janet Burnside last week denied a request from the restaurant chain to end the case.

Cracker Barrel argues the company and its employees bear no responsibility for the “unforeseeable” shooting.

A trial is scheduled for March.