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Survivor of fatal attack sues Chatham retirement community

Posted January 4, 2011 4:08 p.m. EST

— A woman who survived an attack three years ago at an upscale Chatham County retirement community has filed suit against the facility and its management.

Rebecca Fisher was assaulted in December 2007 at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington facility near Pittsboro. Two other residents, Margaret Murta, 92, and her sister, Mary Corcoran, 82, died after the attack.

The women's housekeeper, Barbara Turrentine Clark, pleaded guilty in October 2008 to beating the women with a cane during a dispute over money. She is serving two life sentences in prison.

Fisher's lawsuit alleges that Clark had a criminal history and that no one at Galloway Ridge checked her background. An attorney for Galloway Ridge says the women never informed the retirement community that they had hired Clark.