On June 1, Vietnamese tourists Sang Nghia and Khuong Nguyen were found deceased in their hotel room at Circus Circus. Suspect Julius Trotter is charged with the killings, who allegedly went door-to-door to find an unlocked door. Reportedly, engineers found that the victims’ door could not properly close on its own, potentially leaving them vulnerable.
“The Circus Circus has a duty of care towards its patrons,” explains Las Vegas personal injury attorney Michael Becker. “If the door was somehow defective at no fault of the tourists, then Circus Circus arguably breached its duty of care. If a court finds that this breach was a proximate cause of the victims’ deaths, then the Circus Circus could be liable for wrongful death in Nevada. Depending on the case, the victims’ families could recover compensatory damages for the loss of support, services, and inheritance prospects, as well as funeral expenses.” (Note that Circus Circus claims there is no record of hotel security finding that the door in question was malfunctioning.)
For more information, see the Las Vegas Review-Journal article.