COLUMBIA, S.C.Jan 29 2012 – The company that provides security at a shopping mall in Columbia has agreed to pay $530,000 because of a shooting death in 2007.
The State newspaper reported Allied Barton Security Services admits no liability in paying the settlement for the death at Columbiana Center. Circuit Judge Knox McMahon approved the settlement in Lexington County last week.
The wife and children of 49-year-old Robert Bell accused Allied Barton personnel of failing to adequately protect him and daughter Shaunna from the shooting by her then-estranged husband, Michael Young Jr.
The 25-year-old Young is serving a 50-year prison sentence after pleading guilty last year.
The family’s lawsuit says Bell’s daughter reported to mall security four encounters in which she felt threatened by Young in the nine months before the shooting.