During a press conference on Tuesday, December 18 in Pensacola, Shantara Hurry spoke to the media with her attorneys. Hurry says she did not know about Howard’s past before her daughter was murdered. Hurry says if she knew, she would have moved.
“That was an unknown danger,” Hurry said. “I did not foresee this happening. I would see him every day but I had no clue.”
Hurry and her attorney’s say they want to change the law.
“I feel like everyone should go through a background check,” Hurry said. “I feel like there should be a background check before anyone is allowed to dwell on the property.”
Hurry’s attorneys say they have not heard from the apartment complex yet.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The mother of a child who was murdered in Northwest Florida in 2017 has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the apartment complex where the accused killer lived.
In the lawsuit, Shantara Hurry claims the complex, Aspen Village Acquisition, and Progressive Management of America, the management company, “should have known or knew” that they were allowing Robert Howard, a convicted sex offender, to live in the complex.
Howard is accused of kidnapping and killing Jones before dumping her body in Eight Mile Creek in Pensacola.
Jones disappeared from her apartment complex on May 31, 2017. She was found dead five days later.
The complaint claims Aspen Village “breached its duty by failing to reasonably guard against foreseeable crime.”
Hurry and her attorneys plan to hold a news conference to discuss the lawsuit on Tuesday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m.