Recent Marshall Co. shootings involve domestic violence

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, OKLAHOMA -- Since Friday the 13th, there have been four shootings in Marshall County.

The shootings have all been different, but Marshall County Undersheriff Donny Raley says they all have one thing in common.

"Domestic violence situations," Raley said.

Marshall County Undersheriff Donny Raley says, typically, this time of year, the county will have a domestic violence case each week, but they aren't usually as severe as this.

"Things like this just don't happen in Marshall County," Raley said.

Raley says maybe they would be less likely to happen if they hadn't lost their own domestic violence crisis center last year.

"Up until about a year ago, we had a crisis control center here that really worked hard with domestic violence," Raley said.

Today, the old Marshall County Family Support Services building looks like this.

"We did so much good here," Jessi Johnson, formerly the Community Response Coordinator for the center, said.

Marcia Smith with the says the facility closed when center leaders couldn't make ends meet financially.

"We worked with them on safety planning. We worked with them on safe housing," Johnson said.

Since closing their doors the Durant Crisis Control Center has taken over Marshall County's cases, but Johnson says they should have domestic violence resources specific to their county.

"They currently cover two other counties besides ours. It's really important to get that information to the residents of our county," Johnson said.

Information like not turning your back on abuse in your neighborhood.

"If you saw someone breaking into your neighbor's house, 'Would you turn your back on that?' You can't. You would call the police. Same way with domestic abuse. It's a crime and it takes neighbors to be aware of what's going on. It's just a tragedy that we're not able to provide the services in our county that we need to be," Johnson said.

Johnson and Raley both say they're thankful for the great support that the Durant crisis center gives, but they need domestic violence awareness programs specific to Marshall County.

Marcia Smith with the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault says federal and local funds have been cut nationwide for domestic violence programs.

She says Marshall County did get a big federal grant a while ago, but couldn't sustain that funding.

Diane Clay with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says, if you know of domestic violence or are a victim of abuse, call their hotline at 800-522-SAFE.

To donate, Johnson suggests contacting the Durant Crisis Center.


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  • by Random on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    I heard that Marshall Co Family Support Services was closed because of mismanagement of federal dollars.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 at 07:23 AM in reply to Random
      Have you noticed that almost all federal funds are mismanaged?
  • by Pete Location: Sherman on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    The Republican political establishment would rather give big tax breaks to millionaires and corporations, than spend anything on social services or to help people in need. Just listen to Romney or to Gov. Perry in Texas. They're all the same. Cut spending, cut spending, cut social services, but gotta help out those poor millionaires with their taxes. It makes me ill to listen to it every day.
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      by Ralph on Jul 20, 2012 at 07:23 AM in reply to Pete
      People who are ignorant and misinformed really make me ill!! Obama is the one who has raised MORE taxes on the American middle clas than any other president in recent history. 21 new taxes in Obamacare alone! Rest assured, there hasn't been any lack of spending on the government's part as Obama has us over $15 TRILLION in debt!! The problem is that the spending has been very wreckless! The tax cuts that Republicans want to give businesses would help create new jobs, something you and Obama apparently know nothing about. Besides, these cuts probably wouldn't total the amount of taxpayer money Obama spends flying around on the 747 campaigning!
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        by Mickey on Jul 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to Ralph
        The term you were looking for is "reckless", not "wreckless", and your comment about 21 new taxes is nothing more than the typical distortion erupting from the Repugnantcan spin machine. Under Obama you are paying less in both income tax and payroll tax than you have in decades! Currently, American middle class isn't paying any more in taxes because of the healthcare act, and those who elect to be responsible and buy health insurance won't be paying the penalty/tax anyway. BTW, any business that can't get by without even more tax cuts shouldn't be in business anyway. When taxes were much higher than they are today, businesses created more jobs. Tax cuts on high wage earners don't create more jobs. They create more Swiss bank accounts. Besides, this is a story about domestic violence, something for which I am sure Romney has a solution. Could you tell us what it is?
  • by Sad Location: wilson on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    i do not think the cops did anything to helpashley.. if they was really looking for josh they could of found him.. i feel for ashley family and to her mother your a strong women
  • by Bill Location: Kingston on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    I remember Sen. Gumm and Rep. Hyman made sure the Marshall County crisis center got some funding. No one else remembers, but I do.
  • by Jeff Location: Denison on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    From what I understand by reading the story, the reason these things are happening or could have been prevented is because of a lack of Federal and state funding for crisis centers and has nothing to do with alcohol or drug abuse. Did I miss something?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 at 07:16 AM in reply to Jeff
      Yeah Jeff, that's exactly the reason! Government needs to be more involved and put more taxpatyer money into it then things like this wold NEVER happen!!
  • by Denison Location: Sherman on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    What I want to know is was there drug involvement in any of these incidents? Probably so. This article makes it sound like the heat wave is turning people into werewolves or something, taking victims when their body temps reach an all-time high.
  • by Kyle on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    Four domestic violence-related shooting in a week? It sound to me like things like this DO happen in Marshall County. In fact, they happen a lot!!
  • by true Location: madill on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    hello it is marshall county and they dont care so they had a chance to stop this from happening and they didnt go figure i wished we could get some god cops and madill and county take your job forreal or go somewhere else if u wear a badge than stand by it if not than take it off. if people knew how many of the cases that happen in marshall county that they do nothing about until it is to late
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