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Unformatted text preview: e man at the door as one of the men who delivered her couch. Turner told Harrison that
he needed a receipt for the television set she had given him, because "they," which
Harrison assumed meant Tallahassee Furniture, thought he had stolen it. Harrison agreed
to write a receipt and left the door ajar. While she was writing the receipt, Turner looked
inside and asked if he could use the bathroom. Harrison told him he could. After Turner
entered the house, he went into the kitchen area, then suddenly reappeared with a knife in
the living room, where Harrison was writing the receipt, and attacked Harrison,
threatening to kill her. When Harrison pleaded with him, he suddenly released her and
said he was sorry and that he was "screwed up" and on [*749] drugs, and told her to go
call the police. Instead, Harrison, terrified, ran into the bathroom and locked the door.
Unfortunately, [**6] Turner pursued her, broke the door open, savagely stabbed her
with the knife, and bludgeoned her into unconsciousness while she lay bleeding on the
bathroom floor. Miraculously, Harrison regained consciousness after Turner left the
apartment, and was able to reach the front door, where her cries for help were heard by
When police officers arrived at the scene of the attack, Harrison told the officers that her
assailant was John Allen Turner, a Tallahassee Furniture employee. At this time, Turner
reappeared at the apartment driving a Tallahassee Furniture delivery truck. Police
approached the driver and asked for a driver's license. Seeing the name John Allen
Turner, Turner was arrested.
During the presentation of plaintiff's case, Harrison presented extensive evidence
establishing Turner's unfitness for employment for duties involving the entry of
customers' homes. This included proof that Turner had a juvenile record for armed
robbery and burglary in 1976; adult records of arrest for assault and battery; a charge of
aggravated battery in 1979; a conviction for battery involv...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2012 for the course ENC 102 taught by Professor Deria during the Spring '08 term at FIU.
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