$13 MILLION | VERDICT IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASE
involving 20-year-old single mother strangled to death in her apartment by an apartment complex maintenance worker. The apartment complex maintenance worker had an extensive criminal background, but the management company did not perform a criminal background check on him as required by its own policy. The complex owner and manager contended that it was not legally required to perform background checks. Interestingly, prospective residents of the complex had to submit to criminal background checks in order to lease an apartment. Had the background check been performed, the maintenance worker's criminal history, including the fact that he was currently a fugitive (arising from a burglary charge), would have been discovered and he would not have been hired.
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