Tony Degrafreed, Charged in 1994 Murder of Then-Wife, Arrested for Killing Current Wife

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Tony Degrafreed, Charged in 1994 Murder of Then-Wife, Arrested for Killing Current Wife (Credit: Twitter)

Tony Degrafreed, who was convicted of killing then-wife in 1994, was preliminarily charged with the murder on Sunday after his current wife, Rebecca Degrafreed, was found dead in their Indianopolis home.

WISH-TV reports Jordan Yarbro, 19, told police he heard strange noises coming from his parents bedroom on Sunday morning. He said Tony Degrafreed came out of the room and stabbed him in the chest. He fled the home on foot and was apprehended by police about a mile away from their northeast-side home.

Rebecca Degrafreed, who was found dead on the bedroom floor, suffered head trauma after being beaten with a baseball bat. Her throat was also slit.

Tony Degrafreed was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but served about one-half of the sentence for the murder of his then-wife, Stacy Degrafreed, in 1994. They were estranged at the time of her murder. Tony Degrafreed reportedly shot three people during a domestic dispute, killing his wife.


U.S. Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

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U.S. Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges (Credit: Wikipedia)

HOPE SOLO ARRESTED:  U.S. soccer star Hope Solo was arrested Friday night for allegedly striking her sister and nephew at the Kirkland, Wash., home she shares with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.

She is being held at the South King County jail without bail on two counts of investigation of domestic-violence assault.

Police responded to the home due to noise disturbance and a report of an assault. Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said at some point Hope Solo allegedly assaulted her sister and her nephew, at the party which got out of hand. He said, “there were visible injuries on them.”

Solo is the goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign FC. She was also the goalkeeper for two gold medal winning Olympic teams.

Christine Keith, Popular Housewife Blogger, Teenage Son Killed by Ex-Husband in Murder-Suicide

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Christine Keith, Popular Housewife Blogger, Teenage Son Killed by Ex-Husband in Murder-Suicide

SHOCK: Christine Keith, writer of a popular housewife blog, and her 14-year-old son Isaac Miller, were fatally shot by her ex-husband, Randy Keith, because he refused to accept that their marriage was over. Randy Keith then committed suicide.

The three were found dead in their East Lansing, Mich., home Thursday night. Police confirmed Randy Keith was the shooter. She leaves three others kids behind. Christine Keith had been adamant about ending her marriage, after domestic abuse incidents.

Her attorney, Steve Cornish, told the Times Herald that “I had very grave concerns for her safety, but I don’t think I expected something this extreme.” A friend, Cheryl Overley said, “I was shocked, but not surprised. It’s part of the cycle of violence. For people who see this and are moved by the story of people who died before their time…I hope they learn about [domestic violence] and start discussions.”

According to a protection order filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, Christine Keith wrote in her petition, “threats of shooting me to death with one of his hunting rifles were par for the course.” She later withdrew that order.

Christine Keith had referenced her husband’s domestic abuse, including controlling, erratic and sometimes violent behavior in her first divorce filing in 2003. Police were called to their Jackson-area home after he pushed her to the floor, that left her unconscious briefly. In her petition for a second order of protection in 2011, she said her husband, who had been fired from his job and hadn’t worked in a year, threatened to kill her if she ever left him.

In her petition, filed April 8, 2011, she said “I need to be safe from Randy. Based on Randy’s consistent pattern of action, once he’s released…I will not be safe.” She filed a second divorce petition in October. It was close to being final when she was killed.


Court Documents: George Zimmerman Had 5 Weapons, Ammunition in Domestic Violence Case

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Court Documents: George Zimmerman Had 5 Weapons, Ammunition in Domestic Violence Case

URGENT:  No one should be surprised that court documents state that a search in George Zimmerman domestic case turned up five weapons and ammunition. He was arrested last week for aggravated assault of girlfriend Samantha Scheibe.

CNN reports George Zimmerman had a rifle, three handguns, 106 rounds of ammunition, including two magazines for an AR-15 assault rifle, a pocket knife and a 12-gauge shotgun, as well as other items.

The search came after a judge’s order barring Trayvon Martin’s murderer from possessing any weapons after his November 18 arrest on aggravated assault and battery charges against Samantha Scheibe. Zimmerman is expected back in court on Jan. 7.

You would think that someone who was acquitted of murdering a teenager would keep a low profile instead of popping up in the news repeatedly.

Rapper 50 Cent Banned From Guns in Domestic Violence Incident Against Baby Mama Daphne Joy

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Rapper 50 Cent Banned From Guns in Domestic Violence Incident Against Baby Mama Daphne Joy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT:  Rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, was banned from having guns even though he pleaded not guilty to domestic violence incident in June against his baby mama Daphne Joy. On Monday, the judge ordered that he TURN IN ALL HIS GUNS and stay away from her.

TMZ reports the protective order prohibits 50 Cent from contacting Daphne Joy and he must stay at least 100 yards away from her at all times. The rapper faces up to five years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Fiddy was charged with domestic violence after he allegedly kicked Joy and then destroyed a bunch of property in her L.A. condo. During the rampage, officials say the 38-year-old rapper broke chandeliers, furniture, a TV and a lamp — and allegedly ransacked the bedroom closet.  Joy told investigators 50 is the father of her child — though 50 has never publicly acknowledged fathering a child with Joy.

Domestic Violence Victim Carie Charlesworth Fired by Holy Trinity Catholic School in San Diego

WTF:  Carie Charlesworth, who taught at the Holy Trinity School in San Diego, was fired from her job as a teacher after the school deemed her a liability for having an abusive ex-husband. This came after she disclosed her struggles with domestic violence to the school’s principal. 

After what the second-grade teacher’s called “a very bad weekend with [her ex-husband],” the unidentified man arrived outside the school, prompting a lockdown. She was subsequently put on “an indefinite leave,” and then formally terminated three months later.

Charlesworth’s letter of termination read, in part:

We know from the most recent incident involving you and Mrs. Wright (the principal) while you were still physically at Holy Trinity School, that the temporary restraining order in effect were not a deterrent to him. Although we understand he is current incarcerated, we have no way of knowing how long or short a time he will actually serve and we understand from court files that he may be released as early as next fall. In the interest of the safety of the students, faculty and parents at Holy Trinity School, we simply cannot allow you to return to work there, or, unfortunately, at any other school in the Diocese. Source:  Gawker

Carie Charlesworth’s ex-husband, who is currently jailed on two felony charges, is due to be released later this month. She had been a teacher in the school district for 14 years.

Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey Lauded as “Definition of Man” Served Time for Domestic Abuse

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Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey Lauded as “Definition of Man” Served Time for Domestic Abuse (Facebook)

Is Charles Ramsey, who allegedly rescued the three women held hostage by Ariel Castro, Monday afternoon really the “definition of a man?” After all, like Ariel Castro, he was a domestic abuser. The Smoking Gun reports his rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison sentences. So, is that really the definition of a man, a repeat wife beater? T-shirts have gone on sale honoring him as “Cleveland’s Hero.” His last arrest was 10 years ago, and he hasn’t reoffended, so shouldn’t he be left alone?

Hodge’s Cleveland, a restaurant in Downtown Cleveland where Ramsey works as a “dish technician,” started selling the T-shirts Wednesday. At Ramsey’s request, all proceeds will go to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the young women he liberated.

Here’s more on Cleveland’s Hero Charles Ramsey:

Ramsey’s first domestic violence charge came in February 1997. He entered a no contest plea a year later and was found guilty of the count by a Cleveland Municipal Court judge. While waiting to be sentenced, Ramsey was again arrested for domestic violence.

At the time of Ramsey’s second collar, in July 1998, he was already the subject of an arrest warrant issued in connection with his failure to appear for a court hearing in the first domestic violence case. As a result, Ramsey was jailed for violating terms of his release on bond. Ramsey subsequently entered a no contest plea to the second case and was, again, found guilty by a Cleveland judge.

The domestic violence cases apparently were consolidated for sentencing in August 1998, when Ramsey was ordered to serve six months in jail, placed on five years probation, and directed to attend a domestic violence counseling program.

Following his release from custody, Ramsey violated probation terms, according to an April 1999 court docket entry. While an arrest warrant was issued for Ramsey, it is unclear from court records whether it was executed before both misdemeanor cases were formally closed several years later.

Ramsey was again busted for domestic abuse in January 2003. He was subsequently indicted for felony “domestic violence with prior conviction,” a reference to his previous abuse cases. Source

Not to rain on Charles Ramsey’s parade, if he truly rescued Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, all praises to him for doing the right thing. Though there are rumblings that someone else had rescued the women from the house and not Charles Ramsey. Still, to hold him in such high esteem as the “definition of a man” can be considered by some as an affront to every woman, including the three he rescued, who have ever been on the receiving end of domestic violence.

Let me end by saying, if Charles Ramsey has changed, then good for him and I applaud him for refusing any proceeds from his new-found fame. Domestic violence continues to escalate in this country and not every victim is able to leave an abusive relationship — some are killed or maimed in some way. I serve a God of second chances and if he has changed, then we all need to give Charles Ramsey that second chance. I will say, he needs to mend fences with his daughter sooner rather than later. Their relationship is rocky for a reason.


Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Verbally Abusive to Wife Katherine Russell

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Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Verbally Abusive to Wife Katherine Russell

No one should be surprised to learn that deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was verbally abusive to his wife. He was verbally abusive to the imam at a mosque on two occasions and was thrown out. He was  was arrested in 2009 for slapping a previous girlfriend. It seems that Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, Katherine Russell, was being abusive and isolated from her family and friends by a controlling husband.

The Daily Mail reports, Katherine Russell’s close friends and roommates describe Tamerlan Tsarnaev is combative, angry and controlling. He reportedly would often insult his wife and call her names such as “slut” and “prostitute.”

He was known to fly into into fits of rage where he would throw objects at Russell, including furniture, friends said.

Sometime around 2008, his erratic and violent behavior escalated as he stopped smoking and drinking and suddenly became heavily involved in Islam. Also around that time, he demanded that Russell, born a Christian, convert to Islam – and she complied.

Despite their tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship, the couple married on June 21, 2010, according to marriage records.

It was about 11 months earlier that Tsarnaev was arrested for battery against a previous girlfriend, 25-year-old Nadine Ascencao of Brookline, Mass., at his home in Cambridge.

There are so many women who have been lived through abusive relationships. There is help out there. You don’t have to stay and be denigrated.


Dennis Clark III Kills Ceasar Valdovinos, 3 Others After Domestic Dispute with Live-In Girlfriend in Federal Way WA

SHOCK:  Dennis Clark III allegedly killed his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in their Federal Way, Wash., apartment Sunday night and then killed three other men, ages 23, 46 and 62. Dennis Clark III reportedly used a .40-caliber handgun to kill the first three victims at the Pinewood Village in the 33300 block of 18th Lane South. He had a permit to carry a concealed weapon and was the registered owner of two firearms.

One of the victims has been identified as Ceasar Valdovinos, 23. He was said to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The names of the other victims have not been released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. He reportedly had some friends at the apartment complex and abruptly left a barbecue at a mobile home complex nearby when he was gunned down.

Dennis Clark III did not have a criminal history, but had been reported to police in Seattle and Federal Way for domestic violence including verbal abuse, the Seattle Times reports.



NC Legislators Austin Allran, Warren Daniel Healthy Marriage Act Proposes Rigorous Divorce Regulations

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NC Legislators Austin Allran, Warren Daniel Healthy Marriage Act Proposes Rigorous Divorce Regulations

Here we go again, Republicans trying to throw their weight around and force their views on others — Sen. Austin Allran (R-Hickory), the primary sponsor of the Healthy Marriage Act, and Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Morganton), are trying to keep people in bad situations, because of their self-righteousness. The pair want to make it harder for estranged couples to get a divorce by forcing them to wait longer and go to counseling. Um, let’s see how many shoot their ‘estranged spouses’ rather than waiting. There’s a lot going on in North Carolina these days, where the Republicans are concerned. In addition to the Healthy Marriage Act proposal, they are also trying to curb early voting. Yeah, that would be voter suppression.

The Healthy Marriage Act would extend to two years the current one-year waiting period in order for a divorce to be finalized. During that time, the couple would have to complete courses on improving their communications skills and conflict resolution.

If the couple has children, they would have to take at least a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children.

Separated couples could resume living together during the two-year waiting period, under the bill. Either the husband or the wife would have to have lived in North Carolina for six months before filing for divorce.
It would also strike from the current law a provision that says “isolated incidents of sexual intercourse” don’t count against the one-year waiting period. It’s not clear if that means an occasional fling with your estranged partner does count against you under the proposed law. Source

I guess they didn’t hear about retired trooper Mark Miscavish gunning down his estranged wife, Tracie Miscavish, at a County Market supermarket in Philipsburg, Pa., days after she filed for divorce.  He was charged with assault after beating his wife in an earlier incident. So, had this law being proposed by these two Republicans been in place in Philipsburg, Tracie Miscavish would have been dead the moment she mentioned the word divorce.

Once again, Republicans are trying to run the lives of women in this country through this ridiculous piece of legislation, the Healthy Marriage Act. Like Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner says to the GOP, “get out of my panties.”  The sanctity of marriage, in their view, is more important than a woman or man remaining in an abusive situation that could quite possibly end in murder-suicide. It’s mindboggling that forcing a woman to stay in a failed and toxic relationship is more important than supporting gun control legislation. This is further proof that the Republican Party isn’t listening to Americans.

Just as I said, the bill doesn’t address domestic violence situations. In fact, it would force a battered wife to stay in the marriage for two more years. If that’s not a recipe for a murder-suicide, then I don’t know what else is. It’s shameful that Rep. Warren Daniel could propose such a dangerous bill when he sits on the Domestic Violence Commission.

This unhealthy bill intrudes on a very personal decision. If you’re a battered spouse, a parent of an abused child or married to an alcoholic or drug addict, a communications skills course is useless. It could be dangerous to wait two years to extricate yourself from a hopeless situation.

Daniel should know about these issues: He sits on the state Domestic Violence Commission. And his home turf of Burke County isn’t exactly the divorce capital of North Carolina: 3.8 per 1,000 people, right on the state average. Sanderson’s district includes Carteret County, which has a divorce rate of 4.2. As for Allran, he represents the happily and unhappily married couples of Alexander and Catawba counties; their divorce rates—2 and 3.4—are below the national and state average. Source

Here’s the Healthy Marriage Act:

NC Rep. Austin Allran Proposes Rigorous Divorce Regulations Via The Healthy Marriage Act Bill