Friday, April 13, 2012

Condominium Complex Home Owners Association Sued for Resident’s Wrongful Death

A condominium complex’s Home Owners Association is being sued for wrongful death by the daughter of a tenant who was killed by her husband in their own unit.

Last April 10, Marlene Martinez filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Glenoaks Townhomes home owners association before the office of Los Angeles Superior Court following the death of her 33–year-old mother, Olga Martinez.

The older Martinez was stabbed to death by her husband, Napoleon E. Castro, 36. Based on the investigation, she was found prostrating in her own blood at the garage entrance of the complex in 11150 Glenoaks Blvd.

The Aberdeen Management Co. and the Centurion Security Inc. that provided security service to the condominium complex were also named in the lawsuit. Martinez’s daughter is seeking for unspecified compensatory damages in her lawsuit.

In her lawsuit, Martinez’s daughter claimed that the homeowners association, as well as the other accused, knew right from the very start that Martinez had a restraining order against her husband and that the latter posed threat to her mother. 

Marlene Martinez further stated in her lawsuit that the accused were supposedly to provide security in the gated housing community and restrict unauthorized visitors. Apparently, the accused breached their duty by allowing Castro to enter the building.

The murder suspect is a native of El Salvador and has worked in the construction industry. The FBI described Castro as a man with multiple tattoos and was known to use several aliases such as Luis Sanchez, Juan Flores, Napoleon Edvardo Castro, and Napoleon Edwardo Castro with varying birthdates as June 10, 1975, June 7, 1975, and Oct. 10, 1975.

Castro is no longer a stranger to the FBI since he was a fugitive and was considered armed and dangerous. Castro was known to have ties in Worcester, Massachusetts, and El Salvador.

Castro is also known as “Napo”, meaning “trouble”. He is charged with murder and torture in Los Angeles Superior Court. The special circumstance allegations of murder involving the infliction of torture and lying in wait were involved in the murder charges, and such could make him eligible for the death penalty once he became convicted.

To avoid further prosecution, Castro was charged with unlawful flight in the US District Court in downtown Los Angeles and a federal warrant of arrest was also issued in.

In the said wrongful death claim, the complainant obviously has all the right to file for a claim since the accused clearly failed to provide a level of security within the said premises. However, the parties accused will definitely try to go to great extents to defend themselves. As a result, Martinez’s daughter must need to be sure that she will get the very best wrongful death attorneys in Los Angeles possible for her claim.