Family of intern slain in Del. Co. sues company

April 8, 2011 6:10:36 AM PDT
The family of an intern strangled by his supervisor in suburban Philadelphia is suing the company where both men worked.

The suit claims scoreboard manufacturer Daktronics is liable for the death of 23-year-old Jason Shephard, who was drugged, assaulted and killed by his boss, William Smithson, in 2006.

Shephard, of Cavalier, N.D., was studying sports marketing at Northern State University before taking a semester off for an internship at Daktronics, where he worked for Smithson. Shephard's body was found in a bedroom of Smithson's Glen Mills home where he'd been drugged and strangled.

Smithson is serving life in prison. Daktronics says in court documents it had no way of knowing Smithson "was capable of such a heinous act."

The Delaware County Daily Times reports jury selection begins Friday.

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Information from: Delaware County Daily Times


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