Woman who escaped killer wins $1.8 million

June 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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MIAMI, June 27 (UPI) -- A Florida jury has awarded $1.8 million to a woman attacked in her apartment by a suspected serial killer on the run from a police manhunt.

Francisca Vente sued the Bay Winds apartment complex in North Miami-Dade, saying a dangerous lack of security led to the confrontation with suspected killer Michael Davis in 2009, The Miami Herald reported Sunday.

After Davis barged into her apartment and began choking her, Vente escaped by leaping from the window of her third-floor unit, breaking her pelvis, spine and wrists, the newspaper said.

Davis was later shot to death by police in the courtyard of the apartment complex.

The 54-year-old Colombia native had worked as a cleaning woman, but is now on disability because she can't walk for prolonged periods or bend down, her lawsuit said. The Miami-Dade jury deliberated just 90 minutes before deciding in her favor June 13.

"I think it's fair," Vente said. "If the apartment had the right security, this would have never happened. The money still isn't compensation for all the emotional damage."

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