Accent sued over Burger King kidnapping

Thursday, November 17, 2005

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill.--Kimberly McGhee, a Franklin County woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint from a West Frankfort Burger King at which she worked, filed on November 10 a lawsuit against Accent Security Alarms, Inc., of Jackson, Mo., and HM Electronics, Inc., a manufacturer of security equipment that serves many fast-food restaurants. The Southern Illinoisan reported that the incident in question occurred Feb. 26, 2004, and resulted in McGhee having to make a daring escape from Jonathan Martin, who is currently serving a 60-year prison sentence.
The lawsuit alleges that Accent and HM Electronics should have warned Burger King employees that the surveillance videotapes were not secured and that there was a lack of security equipment that would have contacted law-enforcement sooner. Raymond Bodiford, who represents McGhee, said when contacted by Security Systems News that "it's a violation of industry custom to leave the VCR in an unsecured location," and that the case was similar to one he handled in Florida in 2002 that involved Foreline Security. In that case, Foreline was held partially responsible for the paralysis of bank teller Marishia Scott after Scott's lawyers argued, in part, that the robber picked her bank branch because the VCR connected to the CCTV system was visible.
When reached for comment, installer Accent Security Alarms had yet to be served with the suit and was unprepared to comment on the case.