Lani Kai Murder Lawsuits Moving Forward


This week Lee County Circuit Court Judge Keith Kyle set a case management date of March 12th in the lawsuit filed by Johnny Jackson’s mother Thomasina Daniels. Jackson was killed outside the Lani Kai in July of 2020. No arrest has been announced for his killing.

In August of last year Daniels, filed a wrongful death suit against the Lani Kai. The July incident the Lee County Sheriff is investigating took place on the beach side outside the motel. The Lani Kai asked the Court to dismiss the Daniels suit which was denied.

Judge Kyle has scheduled a case management conference in the case before Civil Case Manager Lindy Gonzalez. The conference is to discuss all issues that need to be taken care of before a trial begins, estimating the time needed for a trial and setting a tentative trial date.

Jackson, who was 22 years old at the time he was killed, was a hotel guest of his brother, Jordan Phillips, who was an employee of the Lani Kai at the time. The Daniels lawsuit states that during the “three years prior to the incident, a substantial amount of violent criminal activity, including assaults, batteries and the discharge of firearms had occurred on the premises of The Lani Kai.”

A similar conference was set for March 12th in the lawsuit filed against the Lani Kai by Travisia Blanks. Blanks says she was wounded by a gunshot in the July incident.

Fort Myers attorney Joseph North is representing both Blanks and Daniels.