Friday, August 9 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-08-10 03:41:47 GMT
Police released surveillance video and 911 calls related to the attempted murder-suicide in Ft. Thomas. It happened just after 8 a.m. Tuesday at a medical office building at 20 Grand Avenue. The suspectedMore >
Police released surveillance video and 911 calls related to the attempted murder-suicide in Ft. Thomas. More >
Thursday, August 8 2013 9:52 PM EDT2013-08-09 01:52:36 GMT
For the first time since their sister was shot five times at work by her estranged husband, Alisha Waters' brothers and sisters are offering new details about the couple's stormy relationship. They agreedMore >
For the first time since their sister was shot five times at work by her estranged husband, Alisha Waters' brothers and sisters are offering new details about the couple's stormy relationship.More >
Thursday, August 8 2013 9:49 PM EDT2013-08-09 01:49:39 GMT
As Alisha Waters lay on the floor of the building where she worked, barely clinging to life Tuesday morning, she managed to tell the police chief that it was her estranged husband who had shot her fourMore >
As Alisha Waters lay on the floor barely clinging to life Tuesday morning, she managed to tell the police chief that it was her estranged husband who had shot her four times. Three months and three weeks earlier, Waters had asked a Kenton County judge for an order of protection against him. The judge denied her request.More >
Thursday, August 8 2013 12:15 AM EDT2013-08-08 04:15:12 GMT
Devon Snider says her childhood friend, D.J. Mathis, isn't who people now think he is. "He was a great guy. Heart of gold. Would do anything for you," Snider said. Fort Thomas Police say he's the sameMore >
A woman fearing for her life filed for a restraining order but was denied by the judge. Now she's facing paralysis after being shot by her estranged husband. The exclusive information in the 24 hours leading up to the attempted murder-suicide in Ft. Thomas.More >
Tuesday, August 6 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-08-06 22:38:47 GMT
Court documents obtained by FOX19 at the Kenton County Courthouse give a window into the life of Alisha Waters and the estranged husband who, authorities say, tried to take her life at a medical buildingMore >
Court documents obtained by FOX19 give a window into the life of Alisha Waters and the estranged husband who, authorities say, tried to take her life on Tuesday morning. Waters had tried to warn authorities back in April that she was "in fear for the safety of myself and our dogs."More >
Alisha Waters is in critical, but stable, condition at UC Medical Center.
Her family says she's still on a ventilator and can't move her arms or legs. Doctors have told the family she could regain some use of her arms, but likely won't walk again.
"She does have some feeling in the insides of her arms. But, we're never giving up. Someday she will walk again," said her mother Tammy Russell.
Her estranged husband, D.J. Mathis, killed himself in the attempted murder-suicide on August 6.
Waters tried to file an order of protection in Kenton County against Mathis months before the shooting. However, the efforts were denied.
As she's recovering, her family says protective order laws need changed to stop something like this from happening to someone else.
"Obviously she feared for the safety of herself. I have that quote memorized. ‘I'm in fear for the safety of myself and my two dogs.' What else has to happen in order to get that EPO granted," asked her stepbrother Kurt Russell.
The quote came from her protective order application. Also on it, Waters wrote her husband was being "verbally abusive" and called her up to "186 times in a matter of two weeks."
"Cyberstalking and emailing and stuff like that, and social media, isn't part of that law which is one thing we want to get added is cyberstalking and email. 186 calls in two weeks is a lot," added Russell.
Mike Hummel, an attorney in Covington, says based upon the information presented, Kenton County Judge Lisa Bushelman made the right decision as far as the law goes.
He says in 2010, protective order laws in Kentucky were changed after an incident similar to Waters'.
"I think the changes that were made back in 2010 were the appropriate ones, and if there's appropriate ones that can be made in 2013, absolutely, let's do that, but I don't want to change the law simply for the sake of changing it," said Hummel.
Waters' family says they're doing all of this for Alisha.
"From her bed, this is what she wants. She wants to protect other women from having to go through the same thing she's going through now. This is one of her wishes," Russell told FOX19.
In our commitment to balanced news, we have tried to talk to Bushelman both in person and on the phone. Our requests were denied at the time, and we were referred to a court spokesperson in Frankfort, Ky.
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