The article brings us back to a tragic incident where Roger Stevens threatened to kill his ex-wife Kay should she ever be granted a divorce or if he sees her with another man. That threat came true a couple of days after Kay's divorce. It isn't that Kay didn't try to get help. She did. We understand she filed for a Protect Order again and Judge Jennifer Howell denied the protection order rendering a denial of the order; that it did not meet the standard criteria for an approved order. The judge also has the authority to order the defendant to turn over his/her firearm to the sheriff. Neither of which happened.
The Protection Order may not have saved Kay's life but the judge had an obligation to Kay and we believe she missed the boat. Big Time. The order would have required Roger to keep a distance of 300 feet from Kay. As we said Judge Jennifer Howell claimed that Kay's complaint did not meet the criteria. Kay had suffered domestic violence and the day Roger is alleged to have killed her was not the first case of domestic violence. Howell goes on to say if the protection order does not meet specificity she will not grant the order. Roger was well known to make comments that he would kill Kay if he ever saw her with another man. Howell claims many of the petitions she receives are defective. So! for a defective order you are going to ignore the victim? Kay Stevens was a true victim. Or maybe something more nefarious was going on. Roger Stevens family was good friends with the sheriff. So good in fact that when he shot Kay and cowered at his workplace in his semi-truck that Sheriff Ana Franklin went to the site in Madison County and jumped in the truck with Roger with a bottle of alcohol and began to sip whiskey with him. Once he was drunk or close to it Sheriff Franklin promised Roger to take him by his daddy's house to let him see his daddy before going to jail. Can you believe that? Poor Roger. Franklin knew or should have known that Kay Stevens was dead. Shot in front of her bakery while trying to run away from Roger Stevens. Kay's sister who will never forget that day has to suffer the consequences daily. Maybe just maybe if Judge Howell had followed protocol Kay Stevens and her sister would still be running their bakery.
Howell goes on to say in the article that "They're filling out the blanks in a hurry, they're writing things that I can't read. They the victims need to be specific". How about Roger Stevens is threatening to kill me if he ever sees me with another man or Roger Steven poured or sprayed black paint on my home, or Roger Stevens called my home with death threats. Those are not specific? Surely it isn't against the law for the judge to refer these cases to an advocacy group for assistance. If she is to darn lazy or lackluster to provide some guidance on what they did wrong on the forms. We don't believe Kay needed assistance from anybody. Kay was well informed that Roger Stevens' intent was to kill her.
State Senator Clay Scofield R - Guntersville said he worries some PFA's petitions are denied because the victim is unable to present her case clearly. Just hope you are not a victim whose husband is a friend of the sheriff of Morgan County, a victim that has requested assistance more than once and you end up in Judge Howell's courtroom. We saw what happened to Kay.
We recall a time after Kay's death that Judge Howell was threatened. She was so terrified that she could barely speak. It is terrible to be a victim of abuse or threatened abuse. The courts took the threat seriously and acted immediately. The way Judge Howell should have done in the Kay Stevens case.
Nobody should take these cases lightly especially Judges and Sheriffs. Howell goes on to say the PFA isn't to punish the defendant from past abuses but for future abuses. That is about the dumbest thing out of Judge Howell's mouth. How does she know that the complaint coming is a "past" abuse? How about present abuse that may eliminate future abuse? We have always said that Judge Howell has a screw loose. She has just proven it again. Women in Morgan County are at a vulnerability when they go to Howell for assistance.
Folks, it's our opinion that Sheriff Ana Franklin and Judge Howell are both half-baked. Our sheriff is an incompetent sheriff and Judge Jennifer Howell is an incompetent judge who was fired from the Morgan County DA's office. We could also go into inmate abuse where Judge Howell and Sheriff Franklin used inmates at home to do their dirty work. We could go on to say that Ana for one told the inmates not to tell or to lie if asked.
Did you notice that the men asked to respond in the Daily article were far more compassionate than Howell. Judge Howell does realize that many of the victims are not judges, nor did they go to law school and are distraught when they get to her office. That doesn't make them dumb or slow they are desperately seeking help from a smart ass judge who has no compassion.