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Monday, November 16, 2015

Judge Howell in The News - Birds of a Feather Flock Together

This same judge set a $380,000 bond for my lady who suffers from mental illness charged with manufacturing Meth. Mr. Stevens murdered his wife, $250,000 bond.  Seem fair? Judge Howell has a current lawsuit against her for excessive bonds.  What we had was a two hour standoff, with police, sheriff Sheriff Franklin, and Judge Howell and what you have is a recipe for disaster.  

My lady spent seven long months in the Morgan County Jail before being transported to a behavioral medicine facility in Tuscaloosa.  Judge Howell turned My Lady's writings over to the Sheriff and the Drug Task Force. This same judge has several disputed rulings in cases under appeal in Montgomery. This same judge helped in Franklin's election/reelection by placing signs that read Ana Franklin for sheriff in her front yard. This is the same person who the sheriff and her boyfriend Steven Ziaja placed signs for Judge Howell all over the county.  In one case that we are aware of, State Appeals Judge ordered Judge Howell to correct her ruling.  To date the judge has not corrected the ruling.  The person identified in the ruling is a good friend of both Howell and Franklin.  Hum! I wonder as I wander if there is a connection.  The judge denied Ms. Stevens protection order because the definition did not meet criteria identified in the the Alabama law.

Alabama law:

Alabama law lists 13 possible criminal acts, attempts and threats that may constitute abuse, including assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, sexual assault, stalking, theft, trespass and harassment. Harassment includes directing abusive or obscene language or making an obscene gesture toward another person with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person, according to Alabama law.

If Mr. Stevens threatened to kill Ms. Stevens if he ever saw her with another man, doesn't fit the criteria of a threat to kill, what does? How sad for the family of Ms. Kay Stevens.  How sad for the wasted loss of life.  It sounds as if Ms. Stevens had made a new life for herself.  A life that was cut short. Hindsight. How enlightening it is.  Better safe than sorry.  We am not a judge.  Just our opinion. Concerns We have is Howell's close relationship with sheriff Ana Franklin. We know of case after case where the rulings seems one sided. 

Stevens claimed murder suspect threatened to kill her in 2014

Posted: Monday, November 16, 2015 12:15 am | Updated: 7:03 am, Mon Nov 16, 2015.
By Ashley Remkus Staff Writer | 0 comments
The woman police said was killed by her ex-husband was denied a protection from abuse order after she said the man threatened to kill her in 2014, court documents show.
Roger Dale Stevens, 63, 1414 Regency Boulevard S.E., Decatur, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Kay Letson Stevens, 62, outside her business, the Corner Bakery and Eatery at 1123B Somerville Road S.E., Decatur police Sgt. George Silvestri said.
The killing, which launched the city’s second homicide investigation in a two-day period and the fourth this year, led to a 90-minute standoff Saturday afternoon at the Target Distribution Center on Greenbrier Road in Limestone County. Police said Roger and Kay Stevens’ divorce was finalized just days before she was killed.
Court documents show Kay Stevens requested a protection from abuse order, or PFA, on Oct. 15, 2014, after filing for divorce in May.
Roger Stevens went to his then-wife’s business and threatened, “ ‘I’ll kill you if I ever see you with another man,’ ” and he referred to her using obscene language, Kay Stevens wrote in her PFA petition.
Morgan County Circuit Judge Jennifer Howell denied the order Oct. 20, 2014, stating the actions were “not a definition of abuse in accordance with Alabama Law for Protection from Abuse,” according to court documents. Howell could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Violation of a PFA carries criminal charges, distinguishing it from a restraining order, which is considered a civil matter that could result in contempt of court if a judge deemed the charge appropriate.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said a PFA is more difficult for victims to obtain because it “carries more weight” with offenders.
“You have to go through a court hearing to get a PFA,” Franklin said. “The victim and alleged offender must appear and the judge will rule on it. Anyone who violates a PFA can be arrested on-view on the scene of an incident without a warrant if law enforcement officers see it’s been violated.”
Kay Stevens wrote that Roger Stevens had shown up at her residence Oct. 13, 2014, honking the horn, according to her petition for a PFA. The petition also cited incidents in which Roger Stevens allegedly threw fireworks against Kay Stevens’ apartments July 13 and July 15, 2014, and threw black paint against her business July 23, 2014.
Franklin said women who seek PFA orders that are denied should keep a journal of any incidents that occur, even after the filing.
“The violence can escalate, and the journal, with dates, times and occurrences, can show that,” Franklin said. “The main thing is that victims need to look out and be prepared for stressors that could cause the violence or threats to escalate. If they do, the judge could decide it’s serious enough to issue the order after a refile.”
Franklin identified divorce, financial problems, family issues, custody disputes, sickness and contributing factors, such as alcohol use and drug abuse, as “stressors” that can inflame already violent or threatening situations.
Franklin said judges also can consider past convictions and arrests for domestic violence when deciding whether a petition for a PFA meets the law’s requirements.
Records show no prior arrests for Roger Stevens in Morgan County or Decatur.
He is held in Morgan County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. If convicted of the class A felony, he faces 10 years to life in prison.


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