According to WPRI, on Saturday, January 11, 2020 around 7:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to the Bay Village Apartment complex located at 2000 Bay Street. Responding officers found a victim identified as 25-year-old, Jorge Vieira, allegedly stabbed and bleeding in the parking lot of the complex. Vieira was rushed to St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River and was then transferred to the Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died.
23-year-old New Bedford resident, Nathan Silva has been arrested and charged with murder for Viera's stabbing. The stabbing allegedly occurred after Silva and Viera exchanged threatening text messages using Jessica Brophy's phone. Brophy had previously been in a relationship with Viera but the two were no longer seeing each other. Silva stayed at Brophy's apartment on Friday and told Viera to come to the apartments Saturday morning according to prosecutors. The two then fought in the parking lot before Silva pulled out a knife and stabbed Viera multiple times.
Jessica Brophy has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact and has been held to home confinement. Silva was denied bail after appearing before a judge just two days after being apprehended.
Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty works with victims and their families of violent crime in civil lawsuits. Attorney Dougherty has offered to share her knowledge on the different legal options available.
"Determining the facts of the crime committed can be overwhelming to victims and families of violent crimes like stabbings. A private suit can be filed against a person or place that acted negligent and can be held responsible for their part in the crime committed, even if they weren't the perpetrator. No matter where you live, a property owner is legally responsible for the safety and security of others on the property.
A victim must provide proof that a property owner failed to provide adequate security such as, a well-lit parking lot or security detail. For example, if an owner of a business knew about a broken parking lot light and did not fix it, then several days later a perpetrator stabs a victim in that same parking lot, the business would be liable for part of the crime.
The criminal justice system was not developed to provide appropriate compensation to victims, but to place harsh punishment against perpetrators. Restitution may be awarded upon conviction but likely will not be enough to help with survivors medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. It will be the Civil Litigation attorney's responsibility to prove that someone was negligent to secure monetary damages," Attorney Dougherty explains.
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