Joint motion for continuance filed in suit over porch collapse

David Yates Apr. 16, 2012, 9:13am


Plaintiff Chiquita Armstead, who claims she sustained injuries when her mother's porch partially collapsed, and defendant Arthur Herbert have filed a joint motion for continuance.

Armstead filed suit June 23, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court against Arthur Herbert, doing business as Yellow Rose Property Management Co.

Court records show that case is currently set for a June trial.

The parties filed the motion for continuance on April 2, asserting more time is needed because of a scheduling conflict to take the deposition of Herbert, court papers say.

The parties are asking the court to continue the case until October 2012.

In her suit, Armstead claims she was visiting a home her mother rented from Herbert at 1380 Pipkin St. in Beaumont when the incident occurred.

"Plaintiff stumbled when the porch partially collapsed causing her to fall backwards resulting in the injuries and damages made the basis of this suit," the complaint says.

Armstead seeks an unspecified judgment, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Trent Devenzio of the law firm Branick, Walston & Devenzio represents the plaintiff.

Beaumont attorney Kip Lamb represents the defendant.

Case No. E187-125

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