Tabetha Bailey O’Quinn Stabbed Outside Sanford Bar, January 9, 2019; Fatal Security Lapse?

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Did negligent security contribute to this senseless Sanford bar stabbing and are justice and compensation available to Tabetha Bailey O’Quinn’s family?


A fatal stabbing outside “The Backdoor Bar” on E. Main Street claimed the life of 39-year-old Tabetha Bailey O’Quinn Wesdnesday morning, January 9, 2019, according to CBS 17.

Sanford police told ABC 11, responding officers discovered Ms. O’Quinn with a stab wound to the abdomen. She was transported to UNC Hospital, where she tragically succumbed to fatal injuries. Police have since made an arrest.


Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the bar and whether this stabbing may have been prevented.

  • What security measures, such as weapons screenings, monitored surveillance cameras, bright parking lot lighting, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. O’Quinn at the time of the attack?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the bar owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Tabetha Bailey O’Quinn may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for her wrongful death.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.


The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for out Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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