The mother of young man killed at a local Days Inn has filed a wrongful-death suit against the hotel brand and Shyamasanna LLC, the local company that owns and runs the day-to-day operations. The suit was filed Aug. 25 in Liberty County State Court.
Sheila Pitts, the mother of Macon-area rapper Markese “Paincity” Mahone, filed the suit on behalf of her son’s estate and survivors, which include her and Mahone’s father, Eugene Mahone.
The plaintiffs are being represented by Charles Clay Jr. of Chuck Clay & Associates in Atlanta.
Markese Mahone was shot and killed Oct. 3 while he was visiting his girlfriend, Michelle Doyle, who was a registered guest at the Days Inn at 1024 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Flemington.
The incident occurred outside rooms 317 and 318, according to the initial Liberty County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
According to that incident report, Mahone was reportedly carrying a large sum of money when he was held up in an apparent armed robbery and then shot.
The suit alleges that Days Inn Worldwide and Shyamasanna LLC failed to provide adequate security and failed in their duty of care contributing to Mahone’s death.
The suit states the defendants had been advised of security deficiencies before Mahone’s death and failed to remedy the situation.
It also asserts that at no time prior to his death did the defendants notify hotel guests of prior criminal activity that had occurred on or near the property. The hotel also was negligent by lacking sufficient security, failing to request increased police patrols or do anything about the increase in crime, the suit alleges.
The suit listed roughly 19 past criminal incidents that occurred on property or within a one-block radius. Some of the previous crime reports included allegations of hotel-room burglaries, drug use on the premises and in rooms, fights, death threats, child molestation, prostitution and rape.