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Property neglect opens window to murder

Can landlord be held indirectly liable for resident's death?
Published on Jul 21, 2004

On Aug. 6, 2000, Jesus Vasquez broke into an apartment around 8 a.m. where Abigail Vasquez was staying with her parents. After knocking on the door and receiving no answer, he entered the apartment by punching out a temporary piece of plywood where the missing front door windowpane would have been, and turning the inside door handle. Abigail is the mother of Jesus' daughter. Jesus confronted Abigail and then stabbed her to death. No one was previously aware of his potential violent character. Jesus was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. In this lawsuit, his minor child, through her guardian, sued the apartment landlord for negligent failure to replace the broken windowpane in the apartment door. In his deposition (presumably taken from prison), Jesus said he would have remained outside the apartment if the missing door windowpane had not provided him with easy access to the apartment. Evidence showed Abigail's parents had several times r...

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