AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother of a UT stabbing victim has sued the man accused of stabbing him and those charged with his care.
Lori Brown sued on behalf of her son, Harrison, who was a freshman when he was killed in a stabbing on campus in 2017. Kendrex White was charged with his murder but a judge found him “not guilty by reason of insanity” in December 2018. White went to a maximum security forensic hospital.
The lawsuit was dated April 30, one day before the two-year anniversary of Harrison Brown’s death.
Lori Brown sued White as well as his parents, two doctors and facilities that provided medical care for him in the months before the attack.
According to the lawsuit, the defendants “should have known” White had a history of negative symptoms, including paranoia, delusions and hallucinations, and that they “did not take reasonable actions to prevent Kendrex from harming others.”
The lawsuit claims White was not given the appropriate dosage of an anti-psychotic drug and improperly released from Metroplex Hospital after being involuntarily committed for psychiatric concerns and observation. It added he was “left unsupervised and allowed to have access to weapons” after he was released.
The lawsuit says White’s parents, who live in Killeen, drove him back to Austin in April. Shortly before the UT stabbing attack, White’s mother became concerned he was suicidal and called police to check on him. He was taken to Brackenridge hospital and the lawsuit alleges the hospital and its doctor “did not properly observe and evaluate Kendrex” before sending him home in a taxi.
“In 2017, Kendrex was suffering from professionally diagnosed severe and serious mental illness, and
there was a probability that he would hurt himself or others if he was left untreated, unsupervised,
and unmonitored,” the lawsuit stated. It went on to describe White’s attack with a Bowie knife of Harrison Brown and three others on May 1 of that year.
“This wrongful death of Harrison Brown should never have occurred. While Kendrex was found not guilty by reason of mental insanity for murdering Harrison, Kendrex nonetheless is civilly liable for his negligence, which was a proximate cause of the wrongful death of Harrison Brown,” the lawsuit stated. “And because Kendrex’s condition was known to each of the defendants in the weeks leading up to Harrison’s death, and given the special relationship they had with him, they share in that civil liability for Harrison’s wrongful death.”
The lawsuit is seeking actual and exemplary damages, interest and court costs.