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Family files $100M lawsuit in local murder of Ala. woman

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Posted: Dec 3, 2008 10:38 AM



KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The family of an Alabama woman found murdered in Knox County has filed a $100 million lawsuit in the case.

The body of Jennifer Hampton, 21, was found strangled in Melton Hill Lake in September.

She had disappeared from a Day's Inn in West Knoxville more than a week before that. Hampton was in town with co-workers helping open Mama Blues restaurant.

The Hampton family's lawsuit is filed in Knox County against Days Inn and its parent companies for $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.

"We know that it's a lot of money but what's the loss of a child?" says the Hampton's attorney, Eddie Daniel.

He also says the family is suing because the murder could've been prevented. "Had they (Days Inn) not allowed access to a master key 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is against standard case. Jennifer Hampton would still be with us today."

The case against the suspect in the murder, Valentino Vasquez Miranda, 19, has been bound over to a grand jury. He's charged with one count of first degree felony murder.

Investigators say Miranda, who worked at Days Inn, used a master key to get into Hampton's room.

A police report obtained by 6 News says "some sort of key" may have been used five months before Hampton was killed to get into another room at Days Inn where two sisters where staying.

The sisters woke up when they say a man walked into their room and tried to rape one of them.

The sisters were able to scare off the suspect. The report states "the room door had no damage to it."

In April, a clerk at Days Inn told police no one besides herself or the occupants should have had access to room keys.

6 News was unable to reach Days Inn for comment on the lawsuit.

The Knox County District Attorney General's Office also isn't commenting on the case from April, but says in general, it will investigate any case that could be related to Hampton's murder.

6 News Reporter Hana Kim contributed to this report.

http://www.wate.com/global/story.asp?s=9450599
 

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Valentino Vasquez Miranda, hmmm.
 

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Wow...kinda makes you not wanna stay at a Days Inn or any other Hotel for that matter is master keys are so easily gotten.

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Even so, and not trying to make light of what happened, but I'm not sure I've ever stayed in a motel/hotel that did not have a deadbolt, chain, or equivalent that could lock the door from the inside.
 

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Even so, and not trying to make light of what happened, but I'm not sure I've ever stayed in a motel/hotel that did not have a deadbolt, chain, or equivalent that could lock the door from the inside.
Your right...why didn't she have the chain on at least?

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I don't want to say it is her fault. However I remember when I was a little kid the thought of locking our door was met with chuckles and a why do we need to do that? Now days I think that is all gone. She should have been better prepared. However she did not deserve what happened to her by any reason.
 

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Valentino Vasquez Miranda, hmmm.
The same thing popped into my head. Sadly it's illegal in many counties for an officer to ask if a person is an illegal immigrant or not. Even if a suspected criminal is illegal, some newspapers leave out that information (Dallas Morning News for example).
 

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Not that I am stereotyping too much BUT you will find many cleaning companies like hotel and retail subcontract these services out to avoid the legal hassles when they get caught employing illegals. The cost savings is immense for them. Anything for a buck in this world. If he was an illegal it was easy for him to get here and get a job. Perhaps it all could have been avoided could he have been identified as a criminal in his own country. Who knows?
 

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The same thing popped into my head. Sadly it's illegal in many counties for an officer to ask if a person is an illegal immigrant or not. Even if a suspected criminal is illegal, some newspapers leave out that information (Dallas Morning News for example).
that crap should be repealed, illegal aliens (yes loonie lefties I said it) are bankrupting
this country, welfare, lost taxes from under the table work, lost jobs that AMERICANS
should have, insurance for DUI incidents, etc.
 

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that crap should be repealed, illegal aliens (yes loonie lefties I said it) are bankrupting
this country, welfare, lost taxes from under the table work, lost jobs that AMERICANS
should have, insurance for DUI incidents, etc.
Coutdown till murderface8 gets called a racist 5...4...3...2...
 

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that crap should be repealed, illegal aliens (yes loonie lefties I said it) are bankrupting
this country, welfare, lost taxes from under the table work, lost jobs that AMERICANS
should have, insurance for DUI incidents, etc.
You should be mad as hell at all these people employing illegal immigrants.
Otherwise they wouldn't be here.
JAIL PEOPLE PAYING ILLEGALS!!
 

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I agree, they should, and I think that we should seal up the border tighter
than a nuns pantys, and they should halt all immigration until the unemployment
is below 1%, then it should be restricted to a # that will keep americans
in their jobs, I would say round up all illegals and give them the boot, but
I'm being realistic here, and I think that they should immediatly export
any illegal who gets even a single DUI, don't use tax payer money to jail them
just get rid of them.
 

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The same thing popped into my head. Sadly it's illegal in many counties for an officer to ask if a person is an illegal immigrant or not. Even if a suspected criminal is illegal, some newspapers leave out that information (Dallas Morning News for example).

Great minds think alike:D:
 

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I can not say which hotel chain I am a manager with, but I can tell you that the master keys for my chain are kept under strict sign out access, and only the general manager and assistant general manager can make the keys, they must be signed in and out daily by the proper personell from the office, before they leave they must then be returned to the lockbox inside said office, if they are not a new key is made and locked up and the old one instananiuously becomes useless. Also keys expire every 12 hours anyway as a sort of back up.

To date my location has had 0 issues with room locks or unauthorized entries. Internal corridor rooms > all.

I fail to see why the managers did not audit the electronic locks and find out exactly who's key did what to which door and procede along company policy, state and federal law. I assure you if any such thing happened at my location someone would be out of a job and about the time they found that out would be escorted by the local authorities for prosecution.

This was 100% preventable, I do not usually wish cases such as this civil lawsuit to go through, but this was as I said 100% preventable, and with a previous incident that was obviously not handled.

My .02.
 

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I agree, they should, and I think that we should seal up the border tighter
than a nuns pantys, and they should halt all immigration until the unemployment
is below 1%, then it should be restricted to a # that will keep americans
in their jobs, I would say round up all illegals and give them the boot, but
I'm being realistic here, and I think that they should immediatly export
any illegal who gets even a single DUI, don't use tax payer money to jail them
just get rid of them.



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Even so, and not trying to make light of what happened, but I'm not sure I've ever stayed in a motel/hotel that did not have a deadbolt, chain, or equivalent that could lock the door from the inside.

What if he was already in her room waiting for her? A chain wouldn't have done any good.
 

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$.75 could have saved her life. Those rubber wedges you use to hold a door open work the same to keep one shut. If you travel or know someone who does then get a few and put it in a side pocket of your luggage.

I doubt the family will get as much as they deserve but they should get something to punish the hotel. They violated a rule and it contributed to her death. Yes we all have a certain amount of personal responsibility but so do companies we do business with.

Illegals kill on average 12 Americans a day.
 
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