Muncie Murder-Suicide Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Two wrongful death lawsuits have been filed in Delaware Circuit Court 5 by Jason Delk, a local attorney who was retained by Brandi Ritchie. Brandi Ritchie has had the suits filed against the estate of a Mr. Casey L. Ritchie, 58, who allegedly killed her mother and sister. She has been appointed as personal representative of her deceased family’s estates.

Casey Ritchie’s sister, Kathy Clary, is the personal representative of Mr. Ritchie’s estate. She has been named defendant in the suit.

The bodies of Brandi Ritchie’s mother, Denise E. Miles, and sister, Rylee Nicole Ritchie, were discovered in April of this year. Mr. Ritchie allegedly killed himself with the same gun after shooting the two women.

According to Delaware County Sheriff Tony Skinner, the case is still under investigation but there is ‘conclusive’ evidence that Mr. Ritchie shot the female victims and then shot himself. Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman has also stated that the investigation into these deaths is ongoing. Most of the interviews have been completed, but DNA tests and ballistic testing are pending. Also pending is a review of the contents of the home’s computers and cellphones.

The bodies were discovered on April 28. However, according to the lawsuit filed, Miles was shot and killed on April 25. That is three days before the bodies were discovered. The lawsuit alleges that Brandi was falsely imprisoned and abused by her father over those days before she was also shot.

The lawsuit further states that Rylee Ritchie was abused throughout her lifetime by Casey Ritchie. In its text, the suit cites hat the father’s alleged ‘unlawful and tortious conduct’ opens his estate to survival claims on behalf of Rylee Ritchie’s estate. This is in addition to compensation for the girl’s wrongful death.

A second suit filed seeks damages for Denise Miles’s death. According to this suit, a judgment is sought for the damages Brandi Ritchie sustained due to the loss of her mother’s love and affection.

Denise Miles was 45 years old at her time of death, and Rylee Ritchie was just 14 years old. An impromptu memorial with candles has been created outside of their Muncie home.