Wednesday, March 28, 2012
$10 Million Verdict for Family of Edgewater Apartment Murder Victim - Apartment building management allowed illegal beaner attacker to live there
The jury should have also hammered the City of Chicago for being a Sanctuary City for Illegal Aliens... Another American citizen brutally raped and murdered by an illegal alien from Mexico!
Chicago - A jury late on Tuesday returned a $10 million verdict on behalf of the family of a 21-year-old woman who was killed by a neighbor in her apartment in the Edgewater neighborhood in 2005.
Attorneys at Clifford Law Offices tried the case in front of a jury for a week-long jury trial against the apartment building’s management company and owner, as well as the woman’s killer, a release Wednesday from the law firm said.
Melissa Dorner lived in a studio apartment in the building at 6151 N. Winthrop Ave., hostessed at two restaurants and was considering a return to school to study fashion design.
Roberto Ramirez lived in another unit with friends and worked in a factory.
On Jan. 24, 2005, Ramirez got into Dorner’s apartment and raped, beat and strangled her.
Ramirez, an illegal alien, then returned to his apartment covered in blood, told his roommates he’d done something “really bad” and fled back to his home country of Mexico, police said.
He was caught there a year later, but wasn’t returned to Chicago until July of 2006 -- only after authorities, with the Dorner family’s consent, agreed not to pursue the death penalty against him.
He later pleaded guilty to her killing and is serving a 50-year sentence at the Menard State Penitentiary, the release said.
“Had the management company followed its own policies and procedures in screening prospective tenants, Ramirez would never have been in the building,” attorney Colin Dunn said following the verdict. “Numerous policies were either violated or ignored.”
Ramirez had assaulted another female tenant in the building just two months prior to Dorner’s killing, the release said. Though the building’s on-site manager was told of the incident, the defendants did not follow up.
The defendants never made any offer to resolve the case. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating a day and a-half before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel K. Lynch. It assessed 90 percent liability to Ramirez and 10 percent to the management company, Wilmette Real Estate and Management Co., LLC of Wilmette, and owner BCH Tower LLC of Chicago, according to the release.