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Mother Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Daughter's Killer

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A mother has filed a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the man who murdered her pregnant daughter and her seven year old grandson.

Also named in the suit are Barbee’s accomplice and two ex-wives. The lawsuit seeks to determine if Barbee transferred assets to his ex-wives to shield money and property from future lawsuits. Both women deny the accusation.

“If we’re going to recover any money, we are going to have to find the assets,” said David Dowell, attorney for Sheila Underwood.

Mr. Dowell said the lawsuit – filed just days before the statute of limitations expired – should allow him to examine financial documents and determine what happened to Mr. Barbee’s interest in two businesses, as well as other property he accumulated. Sheila Underwood declined to comment through her attorney.

Last year, Barbee was sentenced to death for the 2005 suffocation death of the woman and her son at their Fort Worth home.

The accomplice named in the lawsuit has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for helping Barbee to dispose of the bodies