BAYTOWN, Texas - When the body of 24-year-old Karalee Williams was found in the parking lot of the Walmart on HW 146 in Baytown in April, it was a mystery.
The medical examiner determined she was not a homicide victim. The preliminary autopsy found she died from inhaling the contents of multiple aerosol cans purchased in the hours leading up to her death.
Attorneys in Houston have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Walmart, its employees and two other companies.
The lawsuit claims Williams was at the store from Sunday night until she was found dead early on the morning of April 13.
The lawsuit claims employees violated state law by providing her with abusable volatile chemicals. The lawsuit claims a combination of mistakes led to her death.
Lawyers said employees kept providing the cans, even though the lawsuit claims it was obvious she was abusing it. Reports said she came in the store naked from the waist down, told workers she had a seizure and could not control her bodily functions.
Her attorneys believe she purchased more than 60 cans during nine trips inside the store.
The lawsuit claims Walmart's employees had a common-law duty not to provide the dangerous chemicals.