Club Phoenix sued over patron's death

Kelly Holleran Apr. 4, 2012, 1:53am


The administrator of a deceased man's estate has filed suit against the nightclub where the man was allegedly shot and killed.

Lydia Farrell claims the recently deceased Timothy Charles Johnson was visiting Club Phoenix on Sept. 18, 2011, when he got into a verbal altercation with another patron. During the argument, the patron removed a handgun from his waistband and shot Johnson in the abdomen, according to the complaint filed March 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the gunshot, Johnson died, the suit states.

Due to Johnson's death, Farrell lost his companionship, society, love and affection, the complaint says.

Farrell blames Club Phoenix for causing Johnson's death, saying its employees negligently failed to provide an adequately trained guard force to patrol the premises and failed to have an adequate security force with competent security guards. In fact, at the time of Johnson's death, only one security guard was on duty, which was a violation of the city ordinances of East St. Louis, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Farrell is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus pre-judgment interest and costs.

Jarrod P. Beasley of The Kuehn Law Firm in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-146.

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