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Friday, May 13, 2016

Decatur Daily - Domestic Violence

Our county like all other counties in Alabama suffers from a wide range of issues.  Domestic violence being one of those issues.  No person has a right to abuse any other person physically, mentally, or emotionally.  This is a lesson we learned too late to save the lives of Ms. Stacey Jones and Ms. Kay Letson Stevens.  

Most of our local judges are tough on Domestic Violence issues except for Jennifer Howell.  Yes, folks, you got it.  Jennifer Howell, a female judge in Morgan County, Alabama failed not once but multiple times to do the right thing and help Kay Stevens. Kay Stevens was gunned down in cold blood outside the bakery she owned along with her sister in Decatur, Alabama.  Howell said that Ms. Stevens case did not meet the criteria for the issuance of a protection order.  We provided Judge Howell the Alabama Guidelines that constitute justification for domestic violence protection after Kay Stevens death.  Aren't judges supposed to know these things?  Does it take a part-time blogger to show a full-time judge what the rules are?

After Roger Stevens killed his wife in cold blood, he ran.  He ran to his big rig work truck in Madison, Alabama.  Hid in the truck like the coward he is.  Our Sheriff Ana Franklin, yes folks Ana Franklin our female sheriff, rushed to the scene of the stand-off and took over from professional law enforcement who had the situation under control.  Franklin and her side kick Limestone County Sheriff Blakely (AKA Dumb and Dumber) got in the big rig truck with Stevens and sipped whiskey with Stevens until he agreed to turn himself in. Franklin placed Stevens in her vehicle with no handcuffs and promised him she would take him by his house to see his daddy before taking him to jail. 

I do not find this behavior acceptable whether or not it is male or female members of the court or law enforcement agencies. Two female elected officials disgraced themselves and their positions by their conduct in the mishandling of this case before, during, and after the death of Kay Stevens.

We also posted pictures of another woman, Ms. Stephanie Cook, who said she was physically abused by Morgan County Deputy Joey Coburn when she was arrested.  Stephanie Cook was found guilty of a misdeameanor in regards to that arrest.  To date Joey Coburn has never been investigated for that incident.  Stephanie Cook appealed her case to the Alabama Appeals Court.  The court upheld the conviction of the misdemeanor.  Stephanie Cook worked hard to ensure she did not get into any further trouble.  Ms. Cook is not a hardened criminal.  Ms. Cook is the sole caregiver for her Grandfather who suffers dementia.  Stephanie Cook is sitting in jail right now because Morgan County Judge Jennifer Howell decided that Stephanie Cook did not promply report the Appeals Court Decision to the county.  What Stephanie Cook did do was to call the Circuit Clerks office multiple times to ensure that once the documentation was received she was prepared to meet with the probation officer and put a closure to criminal aspect of this case so that she may pursue all other options for the physical abuse or domestic violence she believed she received during the arrest.  Stephanie Cook showed up for her first probationary meeting with money to pay her court fees/fines in hand to begin the final journey of completing her probation.  When Stephanie Cook was called for her meeting with the probation officer Morgan County deputies was there to arrest her for non-compliance.  The probation officer did not report Stephanie Cook for probation violations.  Judge Howell took it upon herself to decide that Stephanie Cook should not have waited for the clerks office to receive and process the official order from the state appeals court.  Why?  

We can make a difference.  Stamp out incompetence in our elected officials.  


Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Examples of abuse include:
  • name-calling or putdowns
  • keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  • withholding money
  • stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
  • actual or threatened physical harm
  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • intimidation
Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."

ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.

If you are being abused, REMEMBER
  1. You are not alone
  2. It is not your fault

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