Woman sues Florida resort where son was attacked

Howard County resident says time-share property lacked safety measures

April 12, 2000

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The mother of a Howard County man stabbed to death two years ago during spring break has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages against the time-share resort where the killing occurred.

Jill Carter, mother of 23-year-old Kevans Bradshaw Hall II, filed the complaint this week in Florida Circuit Court.

The complaint names Ocean Palms Beach Club in New Smyrna Beach, its management company and property manager as defendants.

It seeks at least $15,000, the minimum standard for such lawsuits.

Hall and a friend, Matthew Wichita, 21, died April 16, 1998, when they were attacked by seven local men wielding knives, baseball bats and a billiard ball stuffed into a sock.

A friend of Hall and Wichita, Seth Qubeck, was stabbed 17 times.

He spent 20 days in Halifax Medical Center before returning to his home in Columbia.

The suit claims the resort, J .P. Tack Management Inc. and property manager James P. Tack, were negligent by doing nothing to ensure Carter's son's safety, such as providing better lighting and security guards.

Three of the men accused in the attack, Joshua Trull, 17, and his brothers, Jonathan and Christopher, are to stand trial this summer on first-degree murder charges.

Neil Kirkland and Daniel Beard pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder.

James Kirkland pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, and Daniel Osborne pleaded no contest to being a principal to attempted first-degree murder.

Richards Ford, an Orlando attorney representing Ocean Palms Beach Club, Tack Management Inc. and James P. Tack, said he was unable to comment.

Jeffery L. Allen, a Miami attorney representing Jill Carter, said he does not comment on current litigation.

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