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.