The parents of a young Alabama woman have filed a lawsuit against the motel in Knoxville where she was killed, allegedly by a motel employee. The parents, who are from Florence, Alabama, filed the lawsuit in Knox County Circuit Court in December against the Days Inn Corp. and its parent companies over the death of 21-year-old Jennifer Lee Hampton. The former Waterloo High homecoming queen was allegedly strangled by the employee while she was on a business trip to Knoxville on September 21st.
According to authorities, the employee, a housekeeper at the motel, used a master key to enter Hampton’s room, then sexually assaulted and killed her. Hampton’s body was found a week later in a nearby lake. The Defendants are accused of being negligent for hiring illegal immigrants without performing background investigations. It also accuses the Defendants of negligence for allowing employees to have master keys to guests’ rooms. The motel has since changed its franchise from Days Inn to AmeriStay Hotel and Suites. The employee was charged with murder and at press time was being held in jail without bond.
Source: Associated Press
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