Negligent Security Practices Cause Apartment Resident’s Death

The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have represented people injured and even killed in incidents where they were attacked because of a business’s negligent security practices. The St. Pete Times reported on a Pasco County trial regarding the untimely death Kim Delancey, a 27-year-old school teacher in just such a negligent security scenario.

Back in 2004, Kim Delancey was having what she thought was a nice afternoon hanging out with a neighbor when she was brutally raped and murdered by Adam Calcote. At the time, Calcote was staying at the Carlton Arms of Magnolia Valley apartments with his then-girlfriend. When his girlfriend was out of town, he had the opportunity to meet Delancey which ended with Delancey’s rape and murder. After the rape and murder of Delancey, a background check was done on Calcote which showed that he was using a fake name and had an outstanding arrest warrant for an arson.

While Carlton Arms had a policy in place to do background checks on those leasing their apartments, unfortunately for Delancey and her grieving family, they did have not have such a policy for residents not named on their leases. Had such a simple, common sense security procedure been in place, Calcote’s criminal record would have been discovered and Delancey would likely still be alive.

The personal injury attorneys at Perenich Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been representing the injured of Tampa Bay including Pasco County since 1955. We have represented people attacked while at businesses with inadequate security including apartment complexes, restaurants and other businesses. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free case evaluation.  We see you through.

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