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Publix illegally sold murder weapon to teen in sleepover stabbings, lawsuit claims

The estate of a boy stabbed to death during a sleepover in Palm Beach Gardens is suing Publix Supermarkets.

Corey Johnson faces one count of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon. He’s accused of killing 13-year-old Jovanni Sierra on the boy’s birthday at a home in Ballenisles on Mar. 12, 2018.

The LaBovick Law Group claims Publix illegally sold the knife that Johnson used to kill Jovanni and stab Elaine Simon and her son, Dane Bancroft.

“We have rules in Florida to keep the public safe,” attorney Brian LaBovick said. “In this case, one of these rules is to keep knives, dangerous weapons, out of the hands of children. Where they can hurt themselves or hurt others.” Read more.


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