A shock

Robert Shelton called 911 on Tuesday and said his wife had been shot. Then he hung up. Attempts were made to call the phone number back with no answer.

Officers who responded to the address were met by Robert Shelton and he took them inside where they found Beverly Jean Shelton’s body.

She was 56. She was a wife and a mother. The couple had been married for more than 38 years. They had lived at that address for 34 years.

Police have said that there have been two domestic violence calls to the address in the past two years. One was made Jan. 9, 2005 and one June 2, 2006. No charges were filed either time.

Police took Robert Shelton to the station for questioning, and he was later arrested.

This is described as a quiet neighborhood. Neighbors who knew the couple described them as nice, pleasant, friendly and polite to each other. And they expressed a lot of shock at the news that Shelton was arrested for the murder.

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http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?ref=rss&storyid=60078

Often you don’t know what goes on inside another person’s home. They may talk about the good things. But the more difficult things are often hidden.

Domestic violence is often hidden. Many times the victims will not only hide it, they will deny it ever happened. Or they will attempt to excuse it. They will say, they were drinking, or not feeling good, or under stress, or he/she just has a problem with his/her temper. They will sometimes see this as something that the abuser cannot control. But I once heard an interesting rebuttal to that. If they get mad in public, do they get violent? Do they do in front of an authority figure? Probably not. They are able to control it, when they want to.

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2 Comments

  1. WIP said,

    June 28, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Unfortunately, both my husband and I have family members who are victims of domestic violence, though, fortunately, not to the extreme (yet!) of this story. I can thoroughly support the example of the abuser being able to control themselves when they want to, in front of others. That’s part of how they get away with it for so long.

    When we went on a ‘rescue call’ to my husband’s daughter’s home 2 years ago, the police officer who responded and was working on her case told us not to expect anything to change, and in fact, to expect it to get worse. We then learned that it takes on average a victim trying to leave the abuser 7 times before it actually “takes”. I can also attest to the validity of that statement through the actions of my own sister. She’s away from her abuser now, finally, after 15 years and countless incidents & “leavings”, and it looks like (hopefully!) this is the one that will take.

  2. June 28, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    WIP, has she been to the domestic violence agency? Many times they have programs to help support the person. Also they can sometimes help with finding attorneys, housing and other issues. I hear the group support meetings that many offer is especially helpful.


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