Woman Beaten To Death By Boyfriend, Family Suing Hospital

A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a woman who was beaten to death by the man lawmen say later shot and killed a Lenoir County deputy.

Cindi Knighten was found dead at her home in Bridgeton last April. Authorities say hey boyfriend, Clarence Phillips beat her so badly she died, before going to Lenoir County where he gunned down Lenoir County deputy Allen Pearson. Phillips was killed in the gunfire exchange.

Now Cindi Knighten's family is suing Onslow Memorial Hospital for invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit claims that hospital employees were passing around x-rays of Knighten after her death. She had worked at the hospital in Jacksonville for more than a dozen years.

A hospital spokesperson won't comment because of the ongoing litigation.

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