LATEST: The husband of slain filmmaker/actress Adrienne Shelly is taking legal action against the employers of his wife's killer DIEGO PILLCO, insisting she would still be alive if the construction firm hadn't hired an illegal immigrant.
Ecuadorian labourer Pillco was jailed for 25 years in March (08) after he was convicted of strangling the Waitress director in November 2006 when she caught him trying to rob her apartment. He had been renovating another apartment in the New York building at the time.
Now Shelly's husband, Andrew Ostroy, has filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming Bradford General Contractors (BGC), as well as the owners and managers of the building, should be held responsible for her death as they are "vicariously liable" for employing Pillco.
The suit notes that "Pillco was an undocumented immigrant", and alleges that BGC bosses were "careless and negligent" in the "screening, hiring, training and supervision" of its employees.
Ostroy's case seeks damages on behalf of Shelly's daughter Sophie, four, reports the New York Post.