ROCK HILL, S.C. — An HVAC technician was killed April 7 by former NFL player Phillip Adams and months later, his family sued Adams’ estate for wrongful death.
Robert Shook, 38, of Cherryville, North Carolina, was working at the home of Robert and Barbara Lesslie when Adams shot him several times. Officials said Shook was flown to the hospital in critical condition, where he died three days later.
Shook was one of 6 people, including the Lesslies, who was shot and killed by Adams before he turned the gun on himself.
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In August, Shook’s widow and mother to their three children, Holly Shook, filed a wrongful death suit against Adams’s estate.
They asked for a jury trial and for punitive damages from Adams’ estate.
On Tuesday, an autopsy revealed unusually severe brain disease in Adams’ frontal lobe. The 20 years he spent playing football “definitively … gave rise” to a diagnosis of stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to Dr. Ann McKee, who examined his brain.
The lawsuit can be read in its entirety here.
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