John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 29, 2013, 3:55pm
GALVESTON - The manager of a local cinema sued for the February 2012 death of an elderly moviegoer is no longer a defendant in the six-month-old litigation.
Rachel Vernon, Galveston Premiere Cinema 11 manager, was recently non-suited by Ilene Corr, whose late husband reportedly fell and injured his head at the theater on Feb. 10, 2012.
After the event, Charles "Dick" Corr, 78, was taken to the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch where he died from head trauma, according to the suit.
Ilene Corr brought a wrongful death lawsuit against Vernon and Premiere Cinema Corp. last March, blaming the respondents for allegedly failing to inspect the premises, failing to warn the decedent and failing to provide and maintain a reasonably safe place.
In an original answer entered April 22, the defendants allege the incident was brought forth by the decedent's own negligence.
His widow filed a notice of non-suit in relation to Vernon on July 29, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter granted an order earlier this month.
Premiere Cinema is now the only defendant.
It is represented by attorney Mike Johanson of Johanson & Fairless LLP in Sugar Land.
Case No. 13-CV-431