Court records are offering a disturbing picture of the events leading up to Thursday night’s fatal shooting in Orrville.
That’s when 22-year-old LeReece KeSean “Wally” Woods shot and killed his estranged wife, 24-year-old Emily Young, while she was sitting in an SUV with the couple’s two infant children sitting in the back seat.
Medina County court records, obtained by newsnet5.com, showed Emily Young, who previously went by Emily Woods, filed for divorce from her husband on June 7, 2015 after separating in March, but on Aug. 14, Mrs. Woods returned to court to file a motion to dismiss. In the dismissal motion, she wrote “We have reconciled.”
Then, on Oct. 27, court records showed Mrs. Woods filed a petition for a domestic violence protective order against her, now estranged, husband, after police were called about fighting and alleged physical abuse in the days leading up to the filing.
The emergency order barred Mr. Woods from coming within 500 feet of his wife, initiating contact, showing up at her place of employment or child’s daycare. It also barred him from possessing a deadly weapon.
“These orders are just that,” Wayne County Sheriff’s Captain Doug Hunter said. A deputy in his department delivered the protective order to Mr. Woods because he has an Orrville address.
"So, the person is being told not to possess weapons, or not to go around the person that's being protected, but we have found that often times they disregard these orders and do exactly what the orders are designed to prevent."
And court records show Mrs. Woods later accused her husband of violating the terms of the order. In a memo to the court, Mrs. Wood’s lawyer, James Palmquist, said his client’s husband used a restricted account to “engage in a telephone conversation with the Petitioner at which time he accused her of multiple acts of misconduct.”
The memo continues, “He has created Facebook accounts under which he has then accused the Petitioner of having HIV as well as other actions, all of which are libelous in nature,” adding, “It is clear that the Respondent chooses to ignore the Civil Protection Order restrictions, and it is now necessary for the Court to provide relief.”
Mr. Woods was then summoned to appear in court on Nov. 23 “to show why you should not be held in contempt.”
At the Nov. 23 hearing, Judge Mary Kovach extended the protective order until Oct. 27, 2020 and ordered the case closed.
Capt. Hunter said he’s seen this cycle of domestic violence before.
"We have to realize that the typical abuser, in a domestic violence situation, is often times quite charming,” Capt. Hunter said, “And can work his way back into the life of the victim."
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