Man named in Walmart lawsuit says he left store before incident

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Press has learned one of the defendants named in the wrongful death lawsuit against Sheridan’s Walmart did not work at the store at the time of the incident in question.

Frederick Lollar filed the suit in Laramie County’s 1st Judicial District Court June 18 alleging a cantaloupe contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes caused the death of his wife, Jacqueline, in 2011 after she consumed most of the fruit, fell ill and ultimately died in the following weeks.

Lollar’s complaint alleges he went back to the store to purchase more cantaloupe and was not informed of a Food and Drug Administration recall of the product nor the reason the melons had been pulled from the store’s shelves.

The lawsuit alleges Randy Johnson was the produce manager at the time of the incident in question, but a letter from Walmart brought to the Sheridan Press Thursday asserts Johnson’s employment there ended approximately two months before the FDA recall occurred.

The lawsuit also names the Sheridan Walmart manager and other employees.

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