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Texas cable company reportedly ordered to pay $7B to murdered woman’s family after employee kills her in home

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DALLAS – A Texas cable company has been ordered to pay the family of a woman who was murdered by an employee in her home, according to a report by Fox 10 Phoenix.

A Dallas County jury ordered Spectrum Cable or Charter Communications to pay $7 billion to the family after they found the company liable in the stabbing death of 83-year-old Betty Thomas, according to the report.

In December 2019, Roy Holden Jr. worked for the cable company as an installer and did some work at Thomas’ home in Irving. Prosecutors said Holden then returned to the home the next day to kill her while off duty. Holden also stole the deceased woman’s credit card and went on a shopping spree, prosecutors said.

Holden was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder.

According to the report, attorneys representing Thomas’ family claimed that the cable company failed to properly screen Holden and had been warned about his troubling behavior before the murder.

Jurors awarded the family $375 million in compensatory damages, which are damages awarded to plaintiffs as justice for wrongdoing. The cable company is responsible for 90% of that amount. Jurors also found the cable company grossly negligent and ordered it to pay $7 billion as punishment for that negligence, according to the report.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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