Bronson Joseph Flynn Pleads Not Guilty to Murder of Spencer Maluafiti Tafua
The man accused of fatally shooting another man outside of a St. George bar in late 2018 has pleaded not guilty in a preliminary hearing.
Bronson Joseph Flynn appeared in 5th District Court on January 28 to face charges of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, using a dangerous weapon during a fight, carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence.
District Judge G. Michael Westfall ruled that there was probable cause for the first 5 charges. Flynn pleaded not guilty to those charges and the judge deferred ruling on the last two charges.
During the hearing, witnesses testified about what they saw on December 29, the night of the shooting.
Police were called to the scene on reports of gunfire at around 1 a.m. The shooting is believed to have resulted from a dispute between customers inside of the bar, which then spilled outside and ended in gunshots.
The victim, 34-year-old Spencer Maluafiti Tafua, was pronounced dead at Dixie Regional Medical after the shooting.
Flynn is currently being held on $100,000 cash-only bond. A 5-day jury trial is scheduled for April 2019.
When Are Bar Owners Liable for Shootings on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents bar shooting victims and their families in cases involving property owner negligence. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings on their properties:
Bar owners and all other property owners have a responsibility to keep their properties free of preventable dangers that could end up causing injuries, illnesses, or death. Providing adequate security to reduce the risk of violent crime is part of this responsibility. When a shooting or stabbing happens at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to make sure the shooter is arrested and prosecuted and also to determine if the property owner met their legal duty to keep their property safe.
In order to have strong grounds for a lawsuit, the victim and their lawyer will need to establish that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and that the property owner failed to prevent it through negligence.
For example, if a bar where a shooting occurred had a previous history of violence but ownership made no efforts to improve safety (such as hiring security guards), that bar might be considered negligent and held liable for damages if the victims and their families file a lawsuit.
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