The former owners of a TV station will pay a settlement to the family of a murder victim after airing a photo of her nude body during a news broadcast.
“Richard and Phil Ann Jenkins of Newport [Vt.] filed suit in March 2016 against CBS affiliate WCAX-TV, saying they suffered severe emotional distress after the station aired the image of the body of their daughter, Melissa Jenkins, during an October 2014 broadcast,” The New York Post reports. “The station was covering the trial of Allen Prue, of Waterford, who was later convicted of the 2012 killing of Melissa Jenkins.”
The photo was being used as evidence in Prue’s trial, the report notes. The Burlington, Vt., station, which has since been sold, said it was a mistake to air the photo and indicated that its procedures have been changed to prevent a similar situation.
The station settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.