She Fell?

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.



  1. soobs said,

    August 15, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    Yeah, if I thought someone was going to shoot me, I’d “turn my back on (them).” Loser

  2. August 15, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    It also helps if you get your story straight the first time. “She fell” is not going to explain the bullet in her head.
    I keep thinking about what must have gone through that nurse’s mind. She stops to help, probably knew the difference between a wound from falling and a gunshot wound. What must have gone through her mind when she realized that it was a gunshot, that she was all alone with the only living person who might be connected, and that his story didn’t match the wound?

  3. soobs said,

    August 16, 2006 at 12:27 am

    Maybe “she fell” on the bullet? Bless that nurse, I think I’d have been terrified.

  4. Will Walters said,

    December 8, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Yesterday, Steven Wayne Black was finally sentenced for the crime of attempted murder against my sister, Beverly Lively ( For the past year, Wayne had continued to work barely a quarter-mile from my sister’s home, at the trucking company where they met. Their boss at Bessell Trucking just didn’t have the heart to fire him, despite the complaints of the other drivers.

    It’s been over a year now since Bev’s injury, and I had to shake my head to see the reporter try to summarize it by writing “the shooting left her partially paralyzed.” He didn’t mention her three-month hospital stay, the diminished mental capacity and loss of short-term memory, her inability to ever be left unsupervised, the social worker who comes in daily to help her bathe, or even how she had to give up primary custody of her children – the true lights and loves of her life – because she was no longer able to care for them day-to-day.

    Three-to-fifteen seems so much too little, too late. But, I count our blessings that he’s finally off the street. Thanks to those of you who left comments a year ago. And God go with all of you, the victims and the loved ones, who’s lives have been torn apart by these acts of senseless violence.

  5. December 8, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Will, thank you for letting me know about the sentencing. Yes, partially paralysed doesn’t really show the pain, physical inconvenience, loss, dependence and emotional turmoil that was imparted on Beverly or you and the rest of her family. And though now you have had “justice” it still isn’t over for any of you. Now the hard part begins, going on with what you have left and trying to put it behind you. I hope that Beverly is able to maintain contact with her children as they are necessary for her well being, as well as she for their well being.
    I am glad that you are able to see some good in his finally being sentenced. God Bless you and your sister and the rest of your family.

  6. Justine said,

    December 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Will Walters,
    I am someone who has found herself very close to this story. Please leave a follow-up comment with information on how I can contact you.

    Thank you very much!

  7. Justine said,

    December 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Mr. Walters,

    Please leave a follow-up comment with an e-mail address where I can contact you. It’s important to me that we speak, somehow, someday…

    Thanks a lot!

  8. Justine said,

    December 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Mr. Walters,

    Please leave a follow-up comment with an e-mail address where I can contact you. It’s important to me that we speak, somehow, someday…

    Thanks a lot!

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