Texas judge rules Charter Spectrum must pay $1.1 billion after cable customer was murdered
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A Texas judge ruled Monday that Charter Spectrum must pay about $1.1 billion in damages to the estate and family members of 83-year-old Betty Thomas, who was murdered by a cable repairman inside her home in 2019.
A jury initially awarded more than $7 billion in damages in July, but the judge lowered that number to roughly $1.1 billion on Monday.
Roy Holden, the former employee who murdered Thomas, performed a service call at her home in December 2019. The next day, while off-duty, he went back to her house and stole her credit cards as he was fixing her fax machine, then stabbed her to death before going on a spending spree with the stolen cards.