POSTED: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 9:57am
Domestic violence is responsible for the loss of three lives this past week in the capital area. The most recent occurred early this morning after a husband shot and killed his wife. Our Jennifer Crockett talked to local police, abuse victims and social workers about domestic abuse, and they say these crimes are far too common.
“The chances of being murdered are twice as high in Louisiana than the national average,” Martha Forbes, Director of the Battered Women’s Shelter, said when asked about the latest rash of incidents.
The odds are even worse regarding the likelihood for a victim of domestic abuse leaving an abusive partner.
“Leaving is very difficult,” Forbes explained. “It is also very dangerous.”
Three murders have been blamed on domestic abuse in the last week.
A week ago today, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Officers said Rebecca Dedon shot and killed her husband, Russel Dedon. She told investigators he was abusive.
Friday, the charred remains of a woman were found in St. Gabriel. The woman was since identified as Kasey Ann Eackles, a Baton Rouge mother of three, who was last seen on a date with Camari Bookter. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office has named Bookter as a person of interest in her murder.
Today, in the early morning hours, Timothy Bazile shot and killed his wife, Kendra Bazile, after their son tried to stop the abuse.
“The suspect fired at his own son, missed him, then the son jumped out of a window to exit the residence, and that’s apparently when the suspect fired more shots at his wife and killed her,” Sgt. Don Kelly of the Baton Rouge Police Department, recounted.
Bazile still had the gun in his hand and was standing over his wife’s body once Deputies arrived.
“The officers involved were able to kick the gun out of his hand and take him into custody,” Kelly continued.
The details of Bazile’s murder shook Catherine Smith. We have changed her name to protect her identity because she’s a mother of three currently on the run from her abusive husband.
“That really, really could have been me,” she said.
Smith explained that she knows first hand how difficult it is to leave, but that she chose life over everything else.
“That was my main reason, to not want to leave, because of my kids,” she said. “I mean, we have a nice home. You may have it all, but if you don’t have you, you don’t have nothing, really.”
She said that programming 9-11 into her phone saved her life.
“It’s the hardest thing to do, to dial three little numbers.”
And she vows that she will do whatever it takes to break the cycle of violence. Smith tells her daughters, “continue your education, explore the world. Don’t let no body control you, your destiny, let nothing get in your way.”
Timothy Bazile is charged with first degree murder.
If you are the victim of domestic abuse, there is help available twenty-four hours a day. For counciling, legal services and shelter, please call (225) 389-3001.