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Trial Set in Lawsuit Against MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont

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Over four years ago, Gregory Fleniken was found dead in his room at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont, Texas. For a while, police were baffled as to the cause of death and the curious circumstances garnered national attention. The coroner initially thought the cause of death was a heart attack. After considering additional evidence, the coroner concluded that he was somehow beaten to death. Only after extensive investigation by police and private investigators was it revealed that Mr. Fleniken was killed by a gunshot.

On the night of Fleniken's death, a gun accidentally went off in the room next door, alarming many guests. The bullet pierced the wall and struck Mr. Fleniken. The occupants of the room, who had been drinking at the time the gun fired, exhibited a pattern of disruptive behavior over the course of their stay at the hotel. After patching a bullet hole with toothpaste, they returned to the hotel bar without checking to see if anyone in the adjoining room was hurt.

Now, a lawsuit based on the curious circumstances surrounding Mr. Fleniken's death is set for trial in April. His widow, Susan, filed the suit against the MCM Elegante, the occupants of the adjoining room, and Delta Security, who was providing security for the hotel on the night in question.

Mrs. Fleniken alleges that the hotel failed to address the disruptive behavior of the occupants of the adjoining room. She also asserts that Delta Security failed to provide adequate security and properly investigate the incident. Furthermore, she claims that the defendants had knowledge of the facts surrounding the incident, but failed to convey their knowledge to the Beaumont Police Department.

Mrs. Fleniken states that the actions of defendants caused her nine months of additional emotional distress following the death of her husband. She believed that her husband had been beaten to death and thought she might be next. In addition to punitive damages, she is suing for wrongful death and survival damages.

When a guest is injured because of the carelessness or neglect of a hotel, legal recourse may be available. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the carelessness or neglect of a hotel, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1-800-870-9584.

http://setexasrecord.com/news/302296-upcoming-trial-suit-against-mcm-elegante-hotel-for-highly-publicized-unusual-shooting-death

http://www.vanityfair.com/unchanged/2013/05/true-crime-elegante-hotel-texas-murder

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