Today's edition of Bizarre Lawsuits is straight outta Texas -- Dallas, to be exact. It involves the failure of a small law firm; a dead ex-wife; a 92-year-old grandma; and allegations of wrongful death.
Enter Scott Marshall, an attorney who recently pleaded guilty to the murder of Staci Montgomery -- his former law partner's ex-wife. Marshall, quarreling with ex-partner Bady Sassin, is believed to have killed Montgomery out of revenge.
Montgomery's mother is now suing Marshall's parents and grandma out of what appears to be spite.
The wrongful death lawsuit accuses Scott Marshall's parents and grandma of negligently failing to warn Staci Montgomery about their son. They knew, or should have known, he was dangerous and thus "committed acts of omission ... which posed an unreasonable risk of harm."
The suit also claims the trio "intended to assist Scott Matthew Marshall in committing the [murder] and gave him encouragement."
Little is known publicly about the facts surrounding Scott Marshall's crime -- he was offered a deal after lawyers failed to seat a jury. But thus far, there is no evidence of the Marshalls playing any active part in Staci Montgomery's death.
It's also unclear why plaintiffs believe the Marshalls had a legal duty to warn Staci Montgomery. She was their adult son's ex-law partner's ex-wife.
If that's not strange enough, Montgomery's mother also asserts liability on the basis of a child-parent relationship. Maybe her lawyers think Scott Marshall's drug habit precludes his status as a legally competent adult?
It looks like this lawsuit is heading towards dismissal. What do you think?
- Drug-Addicted Dallas Attorney Admits Killing Woman (Associated Press)
- Ex-Partner Sues Law Firm: Another Partner Had Affair with Wife (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- Young IL Divorce Lawyer Paid to Have His Girlfriend's Ex Murdered? (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)