Family of murdered Temple student Jenna Burleigh sue bar where she met her killer

Kristen Johanson
September 21, 2019 - 4:00 am
Jenna Burleigh.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The family of murdered Temple University student Jenna Burleigh is suing the bar where she and her convicted murderer met, claiming they were negligent and continued to over-serve the pair. They want stricter policies and training for bar employees.

Jenna Burleigh met Joshua Hupperterz at Pub Webb in North Philadelphia, near Temple University’s campus. Days later, Burleigh’s body was found in the Poconos. 

She had been strangled. 

Hupperterz was convicted in her murder and during the trial, prosecutors showed videos of the pair drinking and stumbling.

"Joshua Hupperterz was at Pub Webb for a little bit more than two hours, and by the testimony Pub Webb’s own owner and employees, was served at a minimum nine shots, well in excess of what responsible service would be," said attorney Bob Mongeluzzi, who is representing the family. 

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"When he went to pay for his shots, he fumbled his money and it went to the ground," Mongeluzzi said. 

State laws require bartenders to get training in responsibly serving alcohol.

"They hope with this lawsuit that they will change behavior, that bars will comply with the law, that no one will get over-served alcohol, and that no other family has to go through what they have gone though," Mongeluzzi said. 

Jenna's father, Ed, echoed this, saying they want change.

"...To enforce the law and train their employees properly to recognize the over-serving of alcohol," he said. 

The family has set up a nonprofit in Jenna’s name, which collects goods to distribute to the homeless.

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