A Texas bartender is facing charges related to 2017 mass shooting for over serving the gunman hours before the deadly attack.
Lindsey Glass, a local bartender in Plano,Texas was arrested last month on the charge of criminal negligence for continuing to serve Spencer Hight in the hours leading up to the deadly shooting.
Authorities allege that in September 2017 Glass violated the state's alcohol law which prohibits bartenders from selling alcohol to "an intoxicated or insane person".
Investigators are claiming Hight's behavior at the time clearly indicated he should not have been served alcohol and now Glass faces up to a year in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
Texas bartender charged for serving gunman before mass shooting https://t.co/ex67ReJ2Dz— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1557240848.0
Pressure to arrest Glass may have stemmed from a lawsuit filed by several of the victims' families.
Surveillance footage shows that on September 10 2017, Hight was visibly intoxicated "unsteady on his feet" and "running into tables and walking sideways", according to CBS News.
Glass reportedly texted fellow bartender, Timothy Banks, writing "Spencer has a big knife on the bar and is spinning it and just asked for his tab and said I have to go do some dirty work ... Psychoooooooo."
After leaving the bar Hight made his way to his former home where he shot and killed his ex-wife Meredith, and seven of their friends while the group were watching football.
While authorities are claiming the 27-year-old bartender should have stopped serving Hight, Glass' attorney, Scott Palmer, has called the charge ludicrous.
"It is shameful of the Plano Police Department to go after the person who was vital in trying to stop the horrific events of that evening," Palmer said in a statement to NBC News. "Lindsey stands as the only person who tried to stop Spencer Hight."
Palmer also points out that police initially commended Glass who called 911 when Hight left the bar.
While many are balking at the charge plenty feel the evidence of Glass' culpability is stacking up.
@wfaa They are saying she was texting about the "psycho" guy she was serving, insinuating she sensed something wasn… https://t.co/437SYXIDGu— Chris Tina (@Chris Tina)1557061234.0
@nypost That Text is the Nail in the Coffin... A 'gift' for the prosecution...— Dwight (@Dwight)1557190857.0
@BBCWorld Texas guns are banned – even if you have a concealed handgun license to take in a bar.... it's a felony.… https://t.co/m1KTxPVuhF— Ra-ra 🏳️🌈 (@Ra-ra 🏳️🌈)1557241603.0
@wfaa Hopefully she receives the maximum punishment. Unbelievable— DonutPoser (@DonutPoser)1557252764.0
Though most seem to feel the arrest is ridiculous and irresponsible on the state's part.
@BBCWorld All together now. https://t.co/wSwsO5iKUB— ♠Ravanborn♠ (@♠Ravanborn♠)1557243861.0
@nypost Rediculous, I was a bartender & I wasn't hired because I was super intelligent & psychic & the last defense… https://t.co/blKGZxVS7H— Jeffmcneel (@Jeffmcneel)1557200914.0
@BBCWorld Might as well preemptively throw all bartenders in jail then.— AKS (@AKS)1557241404.0
@BBCWorld "accused of violating a state alcohol law by selling to "an intoxicated or insane person" If you stopped… https://t.co/nS1MtQFHn2— Nezell 🐜 (@Nezell 🐜)1557241074.0
@nypost New Texas law... PhD in psychology required to be a bartender.— Brooklyn Guy (@Brooklyn Guy)1557191073.0
@BBCWorld Yeh really easy to say no to a customer spinning a knife and brandishing a gun not! This is an insane court ruling.— Christopher Hilleard (@Christopher Hilleard)1557243027.0
@BBCWorld what is wrong with this country https://t.co/PNy9Ouk57I— Nik and 108 others (@Nik and 108 others)1557241165.0
@BBCWorld https://t.co/nFP5F7iwzM— Voltron (@Voltron)1557245879.0
Any many wish authorities would start to focus on those really responsible for mass shootings in America.
@BBCWorld and the person who sold him a gun?— Westlake72 🥑🌍🐞 (@Westlake72 🥑🌍🐞)1557241437.0
@wfaa So you are jailed for selling him the drink, but not jailed for selling him the gun- something is very wrong with that!— RickR (@RickR)1557258062.0
@BBCWorld Let's blame a bartender for U.S. gun madness. Great idea.— Scott Byers (@Scott Byers)1557251323.0
@nypost How come every time there's a shooting it's someone else's fault besides the shooter? It's the bartenders f… https://t.co/ViWwFaq1vl— John Kania II (@John Kania II)1557194042.0
@BBCWorld So maybe we should hold the NRA responsible for gum killings?— monica ihnat (@monica ihnat)1557286469.0
@BBCWorld @EvelDick to be clear, there are laws against selling alcohol to insane people, but not against selling guns to insane people— Mike Schiller (@Mike Schiller)1557252698.0