Steven Wayne Black, 55, and his girlfriend Beverly Lively went for a motorcycle ride on Sunday night. Allegedly, while they were stopped alongside the road an argument began.
According to what Black allegedly initially told a witness, Lively fell off the motorcycle and was injured. The witness was a registered nurse who happened to be driving by. She saw a woman on the ground and stopped to see if she could help.
Police say they were called to the scene on the report of a motorcycle accident. Enroute to the scene, they were told it wasn’t a motorcycle accident, it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Allegedly, Black told that during the dispute, Lively went to the motorcycle and retrieved the gun from a case that Black kept on the motorcycle. According to the complaint form, “Mr. Black stated that he believed Ms. Lively was going to shoot him, so he turned his back on her and then heard one gun shot,” “When he turned around, he observed the victim lying on the ground.”
However, another witness called police. They allegedly reported that they had driven by the scene and saw a man shoot someone on that section of road. They said that initially the man walked away from the victim, then turned around and walked back.
Police arrested Black at the scene and charged him with a misdemeanor obstructing charge. That charge was later dismissed and they charged Black with felony malicious wounding.
Beverly Lively, 39, was initially admitted to the hospital in critical condition, but her condition has since been upgraded to serious.
Thanks to her brother Will Walters, we have an update:
On Fri. Steven Wayne Black stood before a judge and received a sentence of 3-15 years for the shooting of Beverly Lively. According to Black’s attorney, Black had a clean record before the shooting, and he was drunk at the time of the shooting and remembered very little of it. At the time he first said she fell off the motorcycle, then said she had shot herself in the head while his back was turned. However, police found two shell casing which put “self inflicted” in question.
Black could be out of jail in as little as 3 years. Lively however received a life sentence as the shooting has left her partially paralyzed and needing assistance with her daily living activities.
Black did apologize to the family for the shooting
“I haven’t had the chance to apologize to Beverly’s family,” Black replied. “I’m sorry. I know it doesn’t help, but I’m sorry.”
There is no indication if he ever apologized to Beverly.