A wrongful death suit has been brought against the MCM Elegante Hotel for a shooting that took place at the hotel two years ago.
Representing the estate of Gregory Fleniken, Susie Fleniken filed the suit on Sept. 12 in Jefferson County District Court. Delta Security, Lance Mueller, Trent Pasano and Timothy Steinmetz are also named as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 15, 2010, Gregory was staying at the MCM Elegante in room 348. Mueller and Steinmetz were electricians staying in the adjacent room.
Allegedly, Mueller, Pasano, Steinmetz and their guest were being very disruptive. Pasano retrieved Mueller’s pistol from a car located on the hotel’s premises. Mueller than loaded the pistol and laid on the bed. The gun went off and the bullet pierced the wall, striking Gregory.
“Mr. Flenkien died from the bullet wound,” the suit states. “Defendant Elegante Hotel failed to notify the Beaumont police Department about the reported noise. That same evening, the occupants of room No. 349 patched the bullet hole in their room with toothpaste and toilet paper.”
The suit accuses the hotel of failing to take actions to address the disruptive behavior of the defendant occupants of from 349.
Delta Security was providing security for the hotel on the night in question and is faulted for failing to provide adequate security, the suit states.
In addition to punitive damages, Susie is suing for wrongful death and survival damages.
Houston attorney Gary E. Patterson represents her.
Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.
Case No. B193-133