Widow of HVAC technician files wrongful death lawsuit against estate of former NFL player who shot him – WSOC TV


ROCK HILL, SC – An HVAC technician was killed on 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 Robert and Barbara Lesslie’s home when Adams shot him several times. Officials said Shook was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he died three days later.

Shook was one of six people, including the Lesslies, who were shot by Adams before turning the gun on him.

In August, Shook’s widow and mother of their three children, Holly Shook, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Adams’ estate. She sought a jury trial and punitive damages from Adams’ estate.

An autopsy on Tuesday revealed unusually severe brain disease in Adams’s frontal lobe. His 20 years of playing football “definitely … resulted in” a diagnosis of stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to Dr Ann McKee, who examined his brain.

The trial can be read in full here.

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