January 4, 2017 – The Supreme Court of Nebraska heard an argument
from Brian Jorde, an attorney at the Domina Law Group, regarding the tragic
2014 murder of Melissa Rodriguez at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Mikeal
Loyd, a mental patient, who was in the custody and control of Lasting
Hope Recovery Center, a division of the $24 billion Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).
Watch Jorde’s argument in full below.
Jorde is asking the court to recognize law that imposes a duty when an
institution has actual control of a dangerous person to prevent them from
harming third parties. In this case, Loyd was arrested on an assault and
battery warrant related to Melissa. He had previously falsely imprisoned
her and attempted to contact her by phone more than 30 times in two days
while in the custody of Lasting Hope. Police came to Lasting Hope to take
Loyd back into their custody, when Lasting Hope reconfirmed it had custody
of him and told the police to leave. Two days later, Lasting Hope allowed
Loyd to walk out, and within three hours Melissa was dead.
Loyd then went back to Lasting Hope where he requested they wash and launder
his bloody clothes, evidence of the murder. They did so.
Jorde hopes the court will allow this lawsuit to go back to District Court
and proceed towards trial.
Jorde previously commented on this case early in 2016 during an interview
on KETV 7. Watch the full segment as it appeared on the air here.