The family of Katy Benoit, the 22-year-old Boise student who was murdered in August 2011 by a former University of Idaho instructor, has filed a tort claim against the U of I, paving the way for a probable lawsuit. The tort claim is asking for at least $3 million from the university. The claim was filed in early December, and a 90-day response period ended this week.
Benoit was shot and killed on August 22, 2011, by Ernesto Bustamante, a former U of I professor who killed himself shortly after Benoit's murder.
The Benoit family's claim alleges that the university failed to prevent Bustamante's sexual harassment of Benoit. The family also claims that the university did not adequately inform law enforcement of a possible danger from Bustamante.