A bartender in Texas has been charged in connection with a mass murder after she served drinks to an intoxicated man who would soon afterward kill his wife and seven other people.
What’s the story?
Lindsey Glass was a bartender at the Local Public House in Plano, Texas. In September 2017, she served alcohol to a 32-year-old man named Spencer Hight.
That same night, Spencer Hight would go to his ex-wife Meredith Hight’s home where she was holding a viewing party for a Dallas Cowboys game. He would kill her and seven other people, and wound a ninth person. Spencer Hight was eventually killed during a standoff with police.
According to court documents, Hight had a blood alcohol level of .33. In the state of Texas, someone with a blood alcohol level of .08 is legally intoxicated.
According to WFAA-TV, a lawsuit filed by the families of the victims said that while at the bar, Glass had texted one of the other bartenders that Hight was “drunk and being weird.” Hight had also allegedly spun a knife at the bar and at one point took out a gun.
The lawsuit also says that Hight had complained to Glass about his ex-wife and confided in her that he planned to do something “tonight.” When she told him he should sober up first, he allegedly said he “couldn’t do the things he needs to do tonight without being this intoxicated.”
Texas law makes it a crime to sell “an alcoholic beverage to an habitual drunkard or an intoxicated or insane person.”
Glass was arrested on Friday.
But Glass’s attorney, Scott Palmer, argued that if anything Glass was the Hero of this story.
“Lindsey is the person who called 911. Not only did she know Spencer, but she was friends with Meredith and was supposed to be at the party that evening,” he said, according to the Washington Post.