After Failed 911 Call, Family Seeks Hotel Phone Change

A gruesome murder in a Texas hotel room and a 9-year-old’s futile effort to call 911 has sparked a national petition — and prompted federal officials to seek a legislative remedy.

On Dec. 1, Kari Rene Hunt arrived at a Marshall hotel with her three young children for a visitation with her estranged husband, Brad Dunn. The meeting took a violent turn: Authorities say Dunn attacked Hunt in the bathroom of his hotel room, stabbing her multiple times before fleeing the scene. He has been charged with murder.

During the fray, the couple’s 9-year-old daughter did what she had ...

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