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$12,000,000 Awarded To family of Victim Allegedly Murdered by Convicted Felon

A California jury has awarded $12,000,000 to the family of a woman allegedly murdered by an apartment complex maintenance man who was a convicted felon.
The plaintiff’s 30-year-old daughter was reported missing on August 17, 2004. Several weeks later, she was found dead in the trunk of her car. The plaintiff alleged that the maintenance man hired by the apartment complex where his daughter lived murdered her. The maintenance man, a convicted felon and sex offender, was hired without a background check.
The plaintiff relied primarily on the lack of a background check and the fact that the maintenance had engaged in other unrelated crimes at the apartment complex to show that he was responsible for the murder. The maintenance man was never criminally charged with murder. The jury awarded the plaintiff $12,000,000 with 90% liability for the woman’s death contributable to the apartment complex, and 10% to the maintenance man. See: Santos v. Scott Villa Apartments, Los Angeles County Case No. BC 355923.

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