Nearly four years after Stacy Murphy's death, Scientology files motion to kill much of lawsuit - 2016-06-21
It's been nearly four years since Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, was found dead at Scientology's flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead, in Oklahoma. Two other patients at the clinic had died in just the previous nine months, but it was Stacy's death that particularly shocked local and national media, leading to a new focus on the problems at Scientology's rehabs.
The lawsuits in those other Narconon Arrowhead deaths of 2011 and 2012, of Gabriel Graves and Hillary Holten, have been settled. But the lawsuit filed by the parents of Stacy Murphy — Robert Murphy and Tonya White — not only hasn't been resolved, now two of the defendants in the case have asked Judge Jim D. Bland to grant them summary judgment.
Narconon International (NI) and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), the two Scientology umbrella groups which license and oversee Narconon clinics, have submitted a lengthy brief to the court, asking the court to find for them without having to go to trial. They argue that Murphy and White have not been able to prove the assertion in their complaint, that NI and ABLE not only license Narconon centers but also exert enough control over them to have been liable in Stacy Murphy's death.