The suit says Moore was at the store at around 12:47 a.m. that morning and was determined to be bothering customers and refusing to leave the premises. Springfield police were called and Moore was told to leave.
But, “sometime later that morning, while McNeil was still on duty as a clerk at the Speedway station, Moore returned to that location,” the lawsuit says. “McNeil got into a verbal altercation with Moore. Actuated by her duties as a Speedway clerk to remove unwanted individuals from the premises, McNeil then called two friends and asked them to come to the Speedway station to assist her in removing Moore from the premises.”
“Without provocation by Moore, McNeil and Watts severely beat Moore around the head and face while inside the Speedway store,” the lawsuit says. “McNeil and Watts dragged Moore through the Speedway store by her hair and neck. McNeil and Watts threw Moore out the front door of the Speedway store.”
Moore was found injured a few hours later, the lawsuit says.
McNeil pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault and was sentenced to serve three years in prison. Watts was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to serve two years in prison, according to records.
Speedway said it trains its employees and McNeil went outside that training.
“Speedway admits that its employees are trained on how to respond to unruly customers and are permitted to call law enforcement at any time they feel threatened but denies that Ms. McNeil’s duties included ensuring that “unruly and/or unwanted individuals were asked to leave the premises and, if necessary, removed from the premises.”
Speedway also denied that McNeil called a supervisor following the incident.
Watts also answered the lawsuit in a filing she mailed from prison.
“I do not find it fair that I am being sued for $25,000. I already am paying $2,000 for her medical bills, which I think is very sufficient,’’ she wrote in the filing. “And I am serving a two-year prison term for my mistake on that night. I am currently incarcerated … and am willing to comply with this case and get it figured out but I would need the court date set up for me since I am in prison currently.”