Court Awards $1.4M to Victim’s Family in Pharmacist’s Slaying

Published: October 5, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The family of a pharmacist murdered by a woman at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center has been awarded $1.47 million. A jury found that the hospital and the security company the hospital contracts with were negligent in the pharmacist’s death.

Brenda Coney shot and killed Shannon McCants three days after McCants told Coney she could not skip to the front of the line at the ambulatory pharmacy, The Florida Times-Union reports.

The incident occurred after Coney pulled a machete-style knife on another patient and slapped a nurse in the face in two separate incidents in 2006. After the first incident, police were contacted. After the second, security wrote a report, but nothing more was done.

The jury found that Wackenhut Corp. — the security firm — was 25 percent negligent in McCants’ death, and that the hospital was 75 percent negligent.

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