This one was quick

On Tues. Deena Stoess went to the courthouse to file for a protection order because of destructive acts her husband had committed in the home earlier that day. Deana had filed for divorce on April 19, but the order is not final yet.

Thirty minutes later, at 4:30 pm, she contacted police and asked for police to respond as her husband had been to the home and she alleged he had destroyed some of her computer files by burning them in the fireplace. Police did respond, and they made a report.

Stoess also alleged that her husband Edward Stoess, 36, had made threats to shoot her boyfriend James Shuttler III, 35. Police suggested that she should contact the police department where the boyfriend lived. The officer also gave Stoess info on domestic violence and local shelters and encouraged  her to leave the home, and to follow through on the protection order. 

Deana indicated that her children were playing down the street, and she intended to pick them up and leave the home. The officer left.

About 5:30 pm Mrs. Stoess then called the area in which her boyfriend, James Shuttler III, 35, lived and told them that she had not been able to reach her boyfriend and told them that she believed that “her husband was going to shoot her boyfriend.”

Just before 5:52 pm Deana’s stepfather Gary Reynolds  made a call from the home to report there had been a shooting. He was in the home at the time, and he reported he had seen Deana walk down a hallway, he heard her scream “Oh my God,” followed by gunshots. He ran from the home and called police on his cell phone. She was struck several times.

Meanwhile police went to the boyfriend’s home, where they found the home locked, but they were able to make entry through a side door. There they found Shuttler’s body in a hallway, shot several times.

Police who responded to the call to the Stoess home, found Edward Stoess hiding under a deck of the home. Deana Stoess had been shot several times.

Stoess has told police that he had gone to his father’s home and gotten a .22 caliber handgun, went out and bought ammunition, drove to the boyfriends home, then returned to the house where he parked down the street and waited for Deana to return to the home. He shot her three times then hid under the deck.

Shuttler was killed and Deana badly injured. She remains hospitalized in serious condition. Edward Stoess has been held on preliminary charges of attempted murder in the shooting of Deana. And charges are being sought for 1 st degree murder and burglary in the death of Shuttler. It is felt the murder was premeditated.

Stoess had no previous criminal history and police have stated that they are not aware of any previous domestic violence complaints on the couple. The protection order that Deana was seeking would not have been served on Stoess until the next day. But as one prosecutor put it “A piece of paper doesn’t stop a bullet.”

There is a lot of criticism about restraining orders. But I would never want to discourage anyone from taking one out. Sometimes they do work.

But no one should rely solely on a restraining order to keep away someone who is threatening them. If the person who is threatening them is determined to do harm, a restraining order will not stop them. Likewise, going to friend’s or family cannot stop a determined person. As long as the person can find them, they are in danger. Often there is no other choice than to seek out a shelter until the situation begins to calm down or the threatening person is put under some type of control. Some areas will put the threatening person on some type of monitoring, but that is not the norm.  


Thanks to Karina we have an update on the trial. Edward Stoess pleaded guilty to a Class A felony attempted murder and received a sentence of 30 years. According to a prosecutor, Deanna Stoess was supportive of the plea.

Edward Stoess still faces charges in Kentucky for the murder of James Shuttler III.



  1. DJ said,

    May 18, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    I know this family personally. And Deena did the best she knew how to do. I agree a restraining order is just that a piece of paper and if someone is determined to hurt the other it will not stop them. The Police didn’t take this as serious as they could have, when they told her to leave the house why didn’t they stay and escort her out of the home?? What the papers and press didn’t realize is that Ed had no history of violence, on or off record, she had said early on that she felt this divorce wouldn’t be easy but at least she knew Ed wasn’t violent and her life wasn’t in danger. As a community we are thankful that their children weren’t home. Deena is paralyzed from the waist down at this point and she is dealing with this the best way she can. I know to some that this is just another news story, but this is a family there are 8 children involved between the two victims, neighbors, churches, friends and family. This has made our community realize that all stories of domestic violence are not just a story they involve everyday people and our society needs to realize that when thier curiosity gets the best of them. These people go through horrific trials and don’t need slander and negative news.

  2. May 18, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    DJ, what I have said is not meant as a criticism of Deana. She did what she was supposed to do. She notified law enforcement, she sought a restraining order, and she made arrangements to go to a safer place. Those are all things she would have been advised to do.
    And considering that she did not have any prior indications that this could occur, it shows she listened.
    I agree, sometimes the police don't seem to listen until it is too late. She had contacted them with the prior complaint, she did what she was advised to do, and while she was doing that, he entered the home for some destruction again. That should have been a clue to the officer, that even though he wasn't there at the second vist, he could be close or could come back.
    But others need to be aware that you cannot rely solely on a protective order. Even if it has been served, they still have to use caution, they still have to take action to keep themselves safe.

    And thank you for letting me know how Deana is doing. I hope things will improve for both her and her children. It is good to know she has caring and concerned family and friends.

  3. Amanda said,

    May 19, 2006 at 3:42 am


    I am also a friend of the Stoess family. I want to first thank you for being so diligent in seeking out true facts. I found your posting to be very accurate and that is much appreciated. I have seen so many reports over this past week that have completely misconstrued the facts or even it seems that they simply try to fill in the blanks in their own minds.

    Deena is doing better. I visited her on Monday night shortly after she was moved out of ICU. That was such a relief to us! We still don’t know how the paralysis will turn out but the good news is that she did have some tingling sensations in her toes.

    There is one thing here that wasn’t completely accurate and I think that is what may have led to the thought that there should have been more done to prevent this by the police. There was only one incident of destruction in the home that occurred. Deena came home, found the burned files, sent the kids to a neighbor, called police, they came and made a report. They then advised her to take out the protective order and leave the home. She went to file for that and came home. She then called police in Oldham County to report the threats to her boyfriend because she became worried when she couldn’t reach him. I think the police did everything they could with one exception. I believe that if there had been communication between the New Albany, IN police and the Oldham County, KY police things could have turned out differently. The body of the boyfriend was found before Ed shot Deena. But, the world is full of “if only’s” and we never know God’s will. All I know is that God wasn’t ready for Deena to leave us. She’s strong and courageous. She has a purpose and I know that she’ll make the best of this in the end.

    The hardest thing about all of this is that the Ed I know is one of the most loving and gentle people imaginable. We were close to the both of them and this is so hard to imagine. Another friend stated that just days before this occurred, he talked about staying strong for the kids and getting through this. The fact that he was capable of this is so far beyond my understanding.

    All I can do is pray…

    Thank you for your site. It is an inspiration.

    God Bless,

  4. May 19, 2006 at 4:52 am

    Amanda, thank you for the update on Deena. The tingling in the toes sounds like a good sign. Hopefully she will continue to improve.
    During a break up of a marriage or any relationship, people will often act very uncharacteristically. And because they aren’t normally like that, it makes it even harder to understand when something like this happens.
    I apologise if I am incorrect in interpreting the articles I read. But one thing I am not clear about. From what I read, it was my understanding that Deena had gone to file for a protective order, then returned home and found the burned files. If that is right, then what led up to the filing of a protective order? One of the articles I read, said that something had occurred earlier in the day and that she had found the burned files when she returned home.

  5. Amanda said,

    May 19, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    You weren’t to blame for any inaccuracies. I actually found your account to be the closest to the truth and that is because of the source you used. The Tribune was asked by another friend of mine to make some corrections to their original misconceptions. Like I said there were many inaccurate reports from the media. For the first few days, there were contradictory reports coming out. I actually haven’t seen one single report that has the story fully straight. It really makes you wonder how much you can trust what you hear on the news when you are close to a situation like this and know the real facts. I have spoken personally to her stepfather who was at the home when the shooting occurred. The file burning and the threat against the boyfriend were what led up to her filing for the protective order. I won’t say how the threat to Shuttler occurred because that doesn’t seem to have been released to the public. After she filed for the order, she returned home to pack her things. Her stepfather met her there so that she wouldn’t be alone while she was getting her things.

    Let me gather your opinion on something. My husband and I are really struggling with something. We still care for Ed and are concerned for his well-being. He is currently on suicide watch. Do we support him still? Do we ask Deena if we can? I’m afraid to ask her.

  6. theotherside said,

    May 23, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    edward stoess is a cold blooded murderer…every turn he made to get to jd shuttler was another act of premeditation…he could have stopped and turned around…he didnt. i dont feel sorry for edward stoess at all. these 2 couples had been best friends for at least 15 years. he planned this…no way around it. just because his wife was cheating on him does not justify his actions. edward stoess has torn this family apart. i bet none of you know he (ed stoess) was expelled from the oldham county school system for bringing a gun to school…no history? GIVE ME A BREAK!

  7. Jerry said,

    July 20, 2006 at 1:10 am

    I’ve known Ed and Deanna since 1997. He and I worked on many websites together before he became the webmaster at Bellarmine College. In my personal opinion and for any of you that are Christians we are avoiding the 10,000 lb elephant in the room.

    Ed watched satan tear his family apart and I’m sure he made his contributions to it as well. None-the-less When one tightens the reigns of ones own life in the face of adversity many around him become more wrong in their actions. An individual who is righting ones self views himself in stark contrast to others. Even more so when a spouse is perceived to be in the wrong. In this case Deanna was dating prior to the divorce. That’s adultery in some circles. Adultery means satans involvement. Would any of you let satan raise your kids. Of course not. If the stories are correct, Shuttler was not divorced yet either. Doubly satanic in Ed’s eyes. (I’m just trying to get in Ed’s mind here)

    But Deanna obviously moved on, emotionally and heartfully with Shuttler. Much like King David getting off the floor once God had taken his son and began to eat. What would more praying do. David’s son was gone. He moved on. I can totally relate to Deanna and Ed. I tried three times to keep my first marriage together, living on my knees for months at a time. She cheated on me and when I asked her to quite she refused. At that moment, it was finished. No paperwork was going to keep me from moving on and I did meet someone before the divorce was final.

    But during those times when I was traying to save things, I stood in Ed’s shoes and saw everything as a war with the evil one. It’s very hard to keep your bearings straight in that kind of adversity, losing everything.

    This is common in divorce. Everything is elevated and all wrongs are hightened. I think Ed was a victim of his own religiosity. Viewing things in either the extreme light or extreme dark. Right and wrong. It can be difficult to keep ones head on straight during times of ultimate turmoil. I think Ed snapped ( my personal opinion) but there are just as many truths to justify what Deanna was doing in her life. I wonder if anyone help Ed to see them.

    Ed and I talked many times about family and religion years ago. Ed knows that a marriage is the best and brightest example of our relationship to Christ. Divorce is one of the highest victories for Satan and the most defeating defeat for a Man.

    If I could of got to Ed prior, I…….don’t know. Maybe I would of seen something in him, his words, something. Ed is not dead and deserves an opportunity to redeem himself, albeit in jail. Deanna and kids are what matters most now.

  8. July 20, 2006 at 8:01 am

    That is one way of looking at it, and you might be right. Another way to look at it is that she was leaving him, she was moving on to a new relationship, and he didn’t want that. If he couldn’t stop her with words and intimidation, then he would destroy both her and his competitor.

  9. Joseph said,

    October 6, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    Dear Jerry,
    As a friend and co-worker of Ed you do come from a different perspective. But what needs to be understood is that yes Deena did commit adultry, but Ed did many-many times over the marriage and was also considered to be a sex addict, and he is actually the reason for Deena and Shuttler relationship (there is a lot to this story that does not need to be said for the protection of the Stoess children) I am sure that did not come up as it would be a private matter. Satan was in total control in this house on both parties. I want everyone to know that Ed is a manipulator he knows what to say and whom to say it to.
    Deena is doing well, her last surgery proved to be great success and the children are being taken care of very well. Although it is easy to point blame, I think now is a time for prayers and closer. Ed’s trial for attempted murder is set for Oct 16, 9am, in Floyd county and then he moves to Oldham county for Murder trial.

  10. Jim said,

    October 13, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    Wow great comments.
    Jerry, dude you have been brainwashed, an that is what -ed- is good at
    So get a grip I have known -ed- from college over 20 years ago he was a smooth talking, womanizing, manipulator, with a knack for (joseph) speaking at the right TIME with political aspirations even back then.
    He was never respected by his classmates, to be fair neither was I.

    Lets get to the bottom line
    ED committed these acts no one can blame Karma or Blame Satan or Blame anyone but -ed- is the one who did it.

    Ed has professed family values Ok where are they now? The result is he is and was an outright liar about is Christianity and obviously his family values.

    I have so much empathy for Denna and the kids the question I have is where is the Stoess Family in all this -ed- had a problem and no one ver interveiened… “yeah great Republican Christian family values” sad sad sad

  11. Debi said,

    October 24, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Did Edward go to court in Floyd County? Was the court date rescheduled? I haven’t seen anything in the newspaper.

  12. Amanda said,

    November 2, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    The trial was moved to December 11.

    I know Ed wasn’t perfect. No one is. But I don’t think an old acquaintance from twenty years ago has any right to comment on his personality to date. Yes, there was adultery on both sides but I wasn’t going to bring that up out of respect for privacy. They struggled in their marriage for many years. But I love them both despite any faults they have.

  13. Karina said,

    November 22, 2006 at 8:33 am

    This is the first time I have come upon this site and frankly I am appaled. I am the wife of JD Shuttler and Deena, Ed, JD and I have all been friends for over 15 years and I love Deena and Ed both. None of you know any of the real story behind this nor is it anyones buisiness.You can rip anyone of us up if you choose but you have no idea what your talking about. Noone is blameless here. Why dont you find something better to do to occupy your time and let those of us really involved have some peace.

  14. Jim said,

    December 3, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    Sorry if anything I said offended you.
    Amanda, I have known ed for 20 years and I still KNow him and his personality.

    Well when is the next court Date?

  15. Mary Vincent said,

    March 12, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    I am Deena’s second cousin, and believe it or not I had no idea this had happened intil just last week. (march 07) It seems as if all the e-mails and whats if’s and the opinions have stopped a long time ago, but from what I learned Deena is still in the Nursing Home, the kids are still here , there and everywhere, and Ed is still pending going to court. Deena is doing very well but needs help getting a place, anyone helping with that. There are all these e-mail from close friends, but I dont see any about help. I know there was in the very early stages of the shooting, and yes since I just heard about it Deena and I wasnt cousins that kept in touch but I still would like to know if there have been efforts made to help her in the near future. I spoke with her Aunt last week, and it seems there is a lot of red tape due to the shooting and the pending court case, because I asked if Extreame Makeover had been contacted. mmv

  16. March 13, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Mary, if there is a trust account you can leave that info here in case anyone comes by.

  17. A friend said,

    March 23, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    There have been numerous attempts for help. But your right the red tape is thick. It needs to be a handicap, 3 bedroom home and one that they can afford. But most of the friends/family/church family/neighbors of Deena’s have been taking turns helping with the kids allowing them to stay with them on the weekends, running them back up to Indy to stay with her brother, taking Deena out and about, getting research/info and doing what they can. Things like extreme makeover wants a place to redo, Habitat for Humanity is so low on funds and the home owner must afford the mortgage and help on the jobsite. Government housing doesn’t offer handicap 3 bedroom and it takes a huge amount of time for placement for that critera. I am sure there has to be a foundation out there for someone of domestic violence who needs help, but we can’t find one. So there is much need more than just a home. Deena is staying strong, but still stuggles with being apart from her children. She know that God has a plan, she just wants to be at peace and start to rebuild and that can’t happen until they do have a place to call home.

  18. March 23, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Have you tried using a combination. For instance something like government housing or FHA, then asking crime victims assistance or the spinal cord foundation for assistance in making the home handicap accessible?

  19. Jerry said,

    April 6, 2007 at 4:14 am

    I appreciate the feedback Joeseph. I have some funds coming in for a project I’ve comlpleted does anyone know where I can send Deena some money to help with kids or her needs. Apologies to Karina. She right, there are more important matters now.

  20. A friend said,

    April 9, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Deena can be reached at Rolling Hill Nursing Home in New Albany, Indiana

  21. Karina said,

    May 5, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Thank you Jerry, I appreciate that. What most people need to remember is that there were 8 children involved here. My 4 and the 4 Stoess kids and they are all truly the victims of this crime and need to be taken care of. I hope Deena finds the help she needs to get her children back. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for them and I love all 4 of them with all of my heart. Not a day goes by that they aren’t on my mind.I pray for them constantly.
    On another note, Ed pled guilty in Indiana and was sentenced yesterday to 30 years. He is now being extradited to Ky to face the murder charges for my husband.

  22. makayla shuttler said,

    May 15, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    quit talking about my deena like she is so innocent. she has just as much to do with what happened as ed did. she not a perfect angel like you think of her as. you are making my dad seem like a total jerk when it is more of ed fault. god some people are so rude. james (jd) is my father and you need to quit talking crap about him.

  23. OneVoice said,

    August 14, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Why isn’t there more reports on J.D. Shuttler his wife and children? They are the most important ones in the whole horrible tragic mess. J.D. was murdered, his wife widowed and his children left fatherless. Is anyone aware he has a terminally ill child. Where is all the help and the comunity help for his son? Deena is left handicapped,yes, but she can live a decent life. Karina and her children are going to face another tradgedy when her son’s health deteriorates to the point of death. My heart goes out to the kids in Nevada who don’t have a dad anymore and who will loose a brother, sometime in the near future.
    I love all The Shuttler Children

  24. myopinion said,

    August 14, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    For what it’s worth, I think there’s a whole lot more to this story even a year plus after the fact. For Karina to not be mad at her friend for having an affair with her husband and the friends husband for killing her’s……Wha’t up? Something’s not being said here!

    I feel for all the kids involved. There innocent of everything, however the Stoess kids still have there mother and father, The Shuttler kids do not. And the boy who is ill, He is still able to talk about his dad and knows what happened. My heart aches for him.

    None of these adults were thinking of there children when any of this was going on. Shame on them…All of them!!!

  25. August 14, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    One Voice, it isn’t a matter of who lost more. They all lost that day in a way that their lives are forever changed and in a way that they will all suffer. Each may suffer in different ways, but the fact is they all suffered- and I do include both wives and all the children as well as JD Shuttler and all the families. Even Stoess’ family will suffer through this, though they had no control over what happened it will cause them suffering also.

  26. WhoCaresICare said,

    August 15, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Ok, I get your point but, Come On, Don’t you think the kids who lost their father lost a little more than the kids who’s father is in jail. The Shuttler kids will never see their father again. You’re right though, all the people involved will suffer in different ways. Why isn’t there more information about J.D. Shuttler, his family and who he was? Ther’s all kinds of information about Edward, Deena and their kids, but the other family seems to not exist. I’m sure the Shuttler kids would want people to know more about their dad. The news only states his name and address, nothing about his parents, nothing about where he worked, nothing about him as a person, only as the person Ed Stoess murdered. He was more than that. Please tell me, who was J.D. Shuttler? Makayla Shuttler and Colton Shuttler, Your dad must have been more! Colton is the child who has AT Syndrome. He is a precious boy.

  27. August 15, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Most kids know what they need to know about their parents. How much of that and to who they wish to share it with is up to them. Some families choose to talk about their grief and their loved one publically, some choose to keep their memories private. Neither way is more right or wrong, it is what is best for their family, and they do have the right to keep that choice.

  28. OneVoice said,

    August 15, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I just hope everyone has healed their hearts and continue healing. I feel so very bad for the children who’ve had their lives torn apart by this crime. I truely hope the two Moms are putting their children first. They’re the ones who lost, and lost big. I want to tell Makayla Shuttler that I don’t think her Daddy was bad, he’s gone now, and she should shout it from the roof tops that Her Daddy was the Best Daddy Ever!! Don’t let his memory fade. Talk to him every night before bed and tell him you love him! He still loves you to, babe! And don’t worry honey, your Mommy will take care of you all. She’s a good Mommy. Ed will be taken care of as well, on judgement day. Deena has a hard road ahead of her and hopefully she has asked for forgiveness. They’ll get exactally what they deserve, (we all will) and who knows maybe they already have.
    Peace to you all

  29. MyOpinion said,

    August 16, 2007 at 3:03 am

    You’re sweet. I feel bad for the kids too. But, I still feel like even after almost 15 months there’s still something thats not being said here. Things don’t add up. Maybe they are wanting to keep it private, (I’m sure the do) but if the state is going to convict Ed don’t they need a background? The Shuttlers and the Stoess’ knew each other for 15 years, and from what I was told Best Friends! I’ve never slept with my best friends husband, have any of you? There deffinately is more to the saga. I find it completely bizzar that there is nothing reported on JD. We know Ed apparently had an addiction to sex, did JD as well? Were they sharing spouses? Swingers? Drugs-exstacy? Where was Karina when her husband decided to start sleeping with her best friend? Where was Ed? Maybe they were together as well? Hummmm.
    Who was taking care of the children? All 8 of them? And don’t even get me started on the little boy who is ill. All 4 of those adults should’ve been getting help and taking care of that little one. Especially since they were all fully aware he wouldn’t have a long life. I bet, they’re all doing drugs. When people are on that stuff they don’t think about anyone but them self. Does anyone know if drugs were envolved?
    Nevertheless, I know something could’ve been done to prevented this from ever happening. All it would’ve taken is for one, just one of them to take their head out of their ass, looked around and said”Oh yeah, this isn’t the best thing for my kids”
    If I could I’d take all those kids and raise them myself. The need to be taught right from wrong and that no matter wher you find yourself there’s always a way out, the right way. People can change if they want to no matter what the situation. Theres the hard way and an easy way. USUALLY THE HARD WAY IS THE RIGHT WAY. bE STRONG, BE CONFIDENT,

  30. August 16, 2007 at 4:21 am

    My Opinion, I get the feeling that you may be trying to make some unclear implication about one or the other of the victims. I don’t know the circumstances about how JD Shuttler and Deana Stoess came to be together and I don’t really feel that it is relavent to the situation. Maybe they were strangers, maybe they were best friends.- so what. Yes, maybe they were seeing each other before their marriages ended and that may not be advisable or right. But the last I heard, that wasn’t a death penalty case. Though it is often the excuse that many domestic violence murderers use when they really mean “if I can’t have them, can’t nobody have them.”
    It seems you may know something of the family, and since you also seem to making some type of implication about the children I have to ask…. did you call Children’s Protective and tell them? Or was it that you didn’t have anything to tell them? If you feel they were doing drugs, then I would have to ask- did any evidence of drugs show up in the investigation? Police do look for that and I haven’t heard that any evidence was found or that showed up on toxicology reports. I don’t expect that every victim will ever be perfect, but I don’t believe they deserve to be murdered or maimed for their imperfections. I do not take kindly to persons trying to use this forum as a means of casting slurs on the victim. If you really believe you have something to show that these people were deserving of what happened to them then I would suggest that you contact the police and have that information put into the investigation.

  31. MyOpinion said,

    August 16, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Those question marks at the end of those questions are just that Questions! I’ve read the reports and had a lot of Questions because a lot of thing don’t make since and when things don’t make since it’s usually because there’s more to the story. I only suggested drugs because it makes people do things they normally would not do. I quess I’m only trying to make sence of a senceless crime. I’m trying to find an underlying cause. Is part of my background…part of my nature. I’m absoulutely not trying or meaning to slander anyone here i just wanted more info on the families. I’m sorry a thousand times for any assumptions I made. I do feel the tradegy was that, a tradegy! Furthermore, I said the commets about the kids being taught lessons because as mother myself my heart bleeds for all of them. I’m do not want to cause pain to any of them. I just felt if I knew more about their families everyone who care about these children would have more of an understanding for their situation. Maybe their respective communties would want to help them( Schools, counciling, churches, non-profit organizations)
    Sometimes somepeople are to proud and do not want to ask for help. We should offer. Please know, I am one of these people who wants to help NOT HURT.

  32. Karina said,

    August 27, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    My Opinion, For someone who truly does not want to hurt you have a funny way of showing it. First of all nothing about any of our lives in any of your buisiness and maybe we choose to keep it that way because of judgemental people like yourself. None of your accusations are correct and I am not going to even dignify them with a response. Maybe you should get a life and stop prying into others. Some people in life make a concious effort to forgive and not live in anger because it does no one any good. Believe me it is not always the easy road to take but it is the right one. I have bigger things to consume my time than being angry at Deena or Ed or anyone else for that matter. I have 4 beautiful children to raise on my own and they are my primary concern at this time. Frankly I am glad that more has not been said about my family. My kids deserve to live with as much of a normal life as I can manage and they dont need to be dragged into the media for people like you to pick apart or judge. Sometimes people who are so judgemental themselves should be taking a look in the mirror and stop trying to make themselves feel better by insulting other people. Until you have walked a mile in someones shoes maybe you should just keep your opinions to yourself.Obviously you seem to have a problem with that. My true friends and family know all and only their opinion matters to me.

  33. Karina said,

    August 27, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Just as a side note…. obviously my children have been on the internet and found this site and maybe we could stick to the known facts and not slurs and accusations that have no basis or fact and are extremely hurtful to them. If you people truly care please keep this in mind when writing what you feel.

  34. very sad said,

    August 28, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Please…please…please understand one thing and one thing only. JD Shuttler was one hell of a man, father and husband. I will honor Karina’s request not to air her family out for the world to see…but I have to say one thing…JD Shuttler was an upstanding citizen.
    This is why you cant find anything negative regarding his life…he didnt do anything. He and his children were the innocents in this horrific act.

    I pray daily that “Little Man” gets all the medical expertise for his AT that is possible. I also pray that Karina has the strength to keep up the good fight for him. I pray that the other 3 children thrive in their surroundings and come out on top of the ordeal. I can see even through her writings that Makayla is distraught…and probably will be for a long time. you dont just get over this kind of trauma…it takes years. Please…instead of negativity…lets post our prayers for this family to heal…

    positive wins over negative each and every time.

    I love you guys and do miss you. I chose not to reveal my identity for various reasons….Karina would understand these reasons.

    God…please watch over this family and help them to rebuild themselves piece by piece and step by step. It is a very long process Jesus…but please give them the strength to find their way….they deserve a break.

    God bless you KS, DS, MS, CS, JS…I am praying for you.

  35. Jude said,

    August 29, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Does anyone know what is going on with the pending sentencing in oldham county?

  36. besticando said,

    September 4, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Scheduled Events
    PRETRIAL CONFERENCE 10/4/2007 01:00 PM Unassigned
    OTHER HEARING 5/14/2008 01:00 PM Unassigned
    JURY TRIAL 5/19/2008 09:00 AM Unassigned

  37. Jude said,

    September 6, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    thanks for the update. looks like its going to be a while…

  38. to much time on my hands said,

    October 3, 2007 at 12:48 am

    You’re right we sholud stick to the known facts, but I too have wondered about J.D. The papers never said much about him. They wouldn’t have to print negative stuff. I’m talking about the possitives. No one has ever printed anything about his life, only his death. I don’t think that’s right. I’ve read about where the other man worked and about his family but nothing about J.D. Maybe that’s the way his family wanted things, but why would it be bad for someone to have written about how good he was?

  39. Jude said,

    October 5, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    i just wonder when all the final sentencing will take place and the whole thing will be OVER (from a judicial standpoint).

  40. October 5, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Getting a murder trial through the system is slow. And being there were two trials in two different jurisdictions it will take more time. That is hard on the families I know. But trust in the fact that eventually it will get there. And with the guilty plea on the attempted charge, he won’t be free.

  41. Jude said,

    October 8, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    good points, homesweethome. its just very sad. ive known this family, most every one of them, since 1992. i just didnt see this coming. ):

  42. jim said,

    December 12, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Deena Karina and family,

    I hope this message finds you well I still think of you all often.


  43. no name said,

    December 12, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    To me the term “domestic violence” does not fit every situation where someone murderes their husband or wife. Domestic violence is when one person is the controller and one the follower out of fear or insecurity. The follower is mistreated verbablly and physcially at ALL TIMES – not just a one time direct KILL – For a spouse to leave an abusive relationship, usually another lover has nothing to do with it on either side, it’s that they CANNOT maintain a relationship.

    In the case of adultry an otherwise normal spouse (not controlling or the follower) will naturally act crazy and out of character for they feel they are losing their “life” Just as some who lose their jobs feel the same way. Murder, suicide – horrible situations can occur – BUT IT IS NOT DOMESTIC – its just one person so hurt and confused and angry that their mind snapped and instead of getting help for their feelings they acted them out destroying themselves, their children and a lot of others.

  44. December 12, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Domestic violence is when one person uses violence, force, threats and intimidation to control the actions of the other spouse or relationship partner.

    Therefore using violence, force, threats or intimidation to prevent the other person from leaving or prevent them from having another relationship is domestic violence- even if it only occurs one time. It may be done under great emotional duress, but that doesn’t change the fact of domestic violence.

  45. Kathy said,

    May 4, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Karina and family–
    I hope this message finds you and that all is well. I have tried to email you many times but do not know if you are receiving them. My phone number has changed and I can’t seem to find your new number anywhere. If this reaches you and you have the time please contact me so that I know that you all are well and doing fine. Miss you and love you all very much!!

  46. Amy said,

    January 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

    To the Shuttler kids, whom I’ve never met:

    I worked with your dad at KSR for about 4 years and I can tell you that he was a wonderful guy. Every day he came to work, his smile stretched from ear to ear. He laughed and joked and cut up with everyone- you wouldn’t think someone working with inmates would love coming to work, but he did. If one of his coworkers was in a bad mood, he would make balloon chickens out of the latex gloves. He would talk in funny voices over the intercom. And before his doc cut him off, I’d hate to say how many lakes full of Kool-Aid he drank. He was a real team player and would do anything to help his colleagues out. I only knew him in the work setting, but as you can see, these are the things I remember about Shuttler (as everyone called him). All smiles, all laughs. BUT the one thing I remembered the most of how he talked of his kids. The photos in his wallet he would show. How he would talk about his son’s progress when he would take him to his appointments. How he talked about Daddy’s girls and about how loud it got in the house with 5 kids running around (your Dad was certainly a child at heart!)…. Those are what I remember about Shuttler. What little I know about your family, I know, without a doubt, that he loved each and every one of his children more than this world.

  47. Karina said,

    February 14, 2009 at 3:13 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write to my kids about their dad. I read it to them and we all smiled. You truly captured what JD was like and it felt good for all of us to hear those things. He was a jokester that loved to make people laugh and we can all picture him doing the things that you described. There is not a day that goes by that we dont miss him and his smile and we will never forget the man he was. Thank you again.


  48. Adude said,

    November 13, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I have to agree with Jerry, If you play with another mans wife you may lose your life period. If you play with fire you get burned and thats what happen with shuttler. Ed snapped and Shuttler got what was comming to him. you can’t deny that. ask your self this.
    If you were doing all that you could to preserve your marraige, you told the guy to leave your wife alone and he told you to go get F#$^ed what would you do ????
    Could you snap ????

  49. Adude said,

    November 13, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Ok man, if someone was banging your wife right now and you walked in on them could you snap and kill him or them ???????? its very common

  50. Adude said,

    November 13, 2009 at 8:01 am

    He just should of done them both up, just a bad shot I guess

  51. Adude said,

    November 13, 2009 at 8:18 am

    JD was a an idiot, he lost his life cause he thought with the wrong head

  52. Adude said,

    November 13, 2009 at 8:19 am

    the wage of sin is death

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