Jury dismisses lawsuit against restaurant, security guard for fight

A jury's verdict went against two men who claimed Huddle House and a security guard were responsible for their injuries after a fight.

Posted: May 22, 2019 8:14 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 9:19 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - A jury voted 10-2 that Huddle House and a security guard were not responsible for the injuries of two men who were assaulted on Aug. 22, 2014.

Ralph Weems IV and David Knighten filed a lawsuit against the restaurant and security guard for negligence.

Defense attorney for Litco Petroleum, John Brad, said their position during the trial was that Ralph Weems III created and caused the event that led to the assault.

Petroleum owned and operated the Huddle House in West Point back in 2014.

Brad said at approximately 2 a.m., Weems, Knighten and their friend went to a Waffle House and got into a fight.

Police officers showed up and told them to go home. Instead, they went down the road to a Huddle House where they continued to argue with a man from the Waffle House, Brad said.

The security guard in the restaurant reportedly told them to leave. Brad said once they were outside, several men assaulted Weems and Knighten, causing them to sustain injuries.

Ralph Weems IV filed a lawsuit against Huddle House and the security guard for negligence resulting in Weems III and Knighten's injuries.

The trial started on May 6 and lasted for 11 days.

The jury delivered their verdict Tuesday night, dismissing the case against Huddle House and the security guard.

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