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      Allsup's clerk death lawsuit reaches settlement

      SANTA FE (AP) - A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the children of a Hobbs convenience store clerk who was abducted and killed six years ago.

      The trial before state District Judge Raymond Ortiz focused on the security practices of New Mexico's largest chain of convenience stores - Allsup's Enterprises of Clovis.

      Minutes before the jury was to award the three children $51 million in damages, a judge informed jurors that the parties had reached a settlement.

      An attorney for the children, Allegra Carpenter, tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that the amount of the settlement is confidential.

      Elizabeth Garcia had been working alone overnight in January 2002 when she was abducted from the store and later found dead.

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      Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

      (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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