The state Claims Commission today unanimously denied a claim by a New Jersey family that argued the state is liable for the murder of their daughter at an Arkansas rest stop. Twenty-five-year-old Kristin Laurite was stabbed to death in 2000 at a rest area off Interstate 40 in Morrilton. Her killer hasn`t been found but authorities suspect the same person murdered another woman in California. The Laurite family, which claims the state should have closed the rest stop long before Kristin`s death, was seeking three million dollars in damages from the Claims Commission. After its unanimous denial, the commission dismissed the case. The panel said the state did not have a duty to keep the rest stop safe or to warn patrons of dangerous conditions. The commission considered whether the state Highway and Transportation Department had any liability in Laurite`s death. At the request of community leaders, the state closed the rest area last year.