According to WSVN News 7, 26-year-old Brian Blair stabbed a man at the Red Carpet Inn at 2460 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.
On August 31, 2021, deputies were called to the Red Carpet Inn on SR 84 to find a victim had died from a stabbing. Blair admitted to the police that he was the one that stabbed the victim with whom he was traveling from Virginia.
Blair has been arrested and faces charges of premeditated murder.
Our attorney contributor Michael Haggard is an experienced violent crimes lawyer licensed in the state of Florida. He has represented victims of stabbings in civil lawsuits for years. Below, Michael has shared his insight regarding the legal rights of victims stabbed at a hotel.
"Hotel owners, like other commercial property owners, are legally obligated to provide an environment that is safe for their guests and staff. In order to uphold the safety of the premises, property owners should maintain sufficient security measures. These could include strong lighting throughout the property in addition to security cameras. If a hotel fails to maintain an adequate level of security and a crime is committed on their property, such as a stabbing, the property owner may be considered negligent and even liable in a lawsuit."
"If a victim is stabbed on the property, the hotel should be asked if they provided adequate safety measures to ensure the guest's safety. Hotel owners can be held liable for a violent crime if the crime has been found to be reasonably foreseeable. One example of a reasonably foreseeable crime would include the increase in the location's crime rate and the property owner failing to provide more security. In negligence cases such as this, victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit and receive compensation for damages.