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Family of woman killed by cable employee issues $7 billion award



A jury has awarded $7 billion in damages against a cable company to the family of an 83-year-old woman who was murdered by one of its employees.

According to news reports, Roy James Holden Jr., an employee of Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter Communications LLC, which operates under the name Spectrum, made a service call to Betty Thomas in 2019.

He returned the next day while off the clock wearing his company uniform and driving a company car and stabbed her to death with a company knife. He is now serving a life sentence.

In June, a jury in Dallas awarded Thomas’ family $375 million in damages. A second lawsuit seeking damages led to Tuesday’s $7 billion verdict.

Plaintiff attorney Chris Hamilton, of Dallas-based Hamilton Wingo LLP, said in a statement that the verdict “fairly reflects the extensive evidence regarding the nature of the injury caused by Charter Spectrum̵

7;s gross negligence and wanton misconduct.”

Spectrum said in a statement, “The responsibility for this horrific act rests solely with Mr. Holden, who was off duty, and we are grateful that he is serving life in prison. While we respect the jury and the justice system, we disagree with the verdict and will appeal.”

The statement said: “Texas law and the facts presented at trial clearly demonstrate that this crime was not foreseeable — and plaintiffs’ claims of error under the statute are categorically false.”


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