Charges against Bartlett wife dropped in shooting of husband

Charges against Bartlett wife dropped in shooting of husband

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    Charges against Bartlett wife dropped in shooting of husband

    Lawrence Buser (Contact)
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    Criminal charges against a Bartlett woman who fatally shot her husband last month were dropped today after a review of the case pointed to self defense.

    Dorothy ‘Bobbi’ Lovell, 42, was charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting her husband, Alan Lovell, 46, with a .357-caliber Magnum on Oct. 12. He was a ticket agent and well-known boxing referee.

    She and her 21-year-old son, Kody, told police Lovell had held them hostage for nine hours in their home at 6954 Scepter Cove. They said Lovell had acted irrationally and had pointed a gun at them several times and would not let them leave.

    Bartlett police said they had been called to the home several times in the past on complaints of Lovell’s aggressive behavior.

    Asst. Dist. Atty. Gen. Thomas Henderson said late today that after reviewing the police investigation of the shooting the evidence did not support a manslaughter charge and appeared to be self defense. The case was dismissed in Bartlett City Court.
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    Good for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongRider;522558Monday, November 5, 2007

    Criminal charges against a Bartlett woman who fatally shot her husband last month were dropped today after a review of the case pointed to self defense.

    Dorothy ‘Bobbi’ Lovell, 42, was charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting her husband, Alan Lovell, 46, with a .357-caliber Magnum on Oct. 12.

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    I]She and her 21-year-old son, Kody, told police Lovell had held them hostage for nine hours in their home at 6954 Scepter Cove. [/I][/B]Bartlett police said they had been called to the home several times in the past on complaints of Lovell’s aggressive behavior.
    Asst. Dist. Atty. Gen. Thomas Henderson said late today that after reviewing the police investigation of the shooting the evidence did not support a manslaughter charge and appeared to be self defense. The case was dismissed in Bartlett City Court.
    Good for her but....
    Why was she charged in the first place?
    Seems to me too many prosecutors automatically arrest before investigating. Where am I wrong?
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    She may have been charged because the Bartlett PD and powers that be wanted to look like they had caught the bad gal. BPD has had some issues with the way they treat law abiding citizens with proper creds and 2A. It does not surprise me that they charged her at first. The Sheriff would not have done that. The shoot, even with the limited info released by the BPD, looked righteous. The deceased had a long history of spouse abuse and child abuse, but was a popular local sports figure. BPD may have been trying to CYA, but now they look like themselves. OFF
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    Just another reason why prosecutors shouldn't be elected. There's too much temptation to grandstand questionable cases for publicity's sake, just as happened in the Duke lacrosse case.
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