Former wife, girlfriend and in-law

John Paul Lawrence began dating his former girlfriend in April 2005, but they had not dated recently. The former girlfriend has said that while they were dating he stopped taking his medication for a mental disorder. And she says that he had made repeated threats to kill his ex-wife for divorcing him. He and his ex-wife got their divorce in May 2005.

Yet he contacted the former girlfriend recently. “He wanted to spend Christmas with me this year, because he was going to be alone, but my family didn’t want him here.”

On Wednesday, Lawrence sent her a total of 32 text messages. “He threatened to hurt me,” “He dared me to come over.” At 1:03 am she received her last message from him, it said he wanted to be cremated. The sheriff has said he sent the same message to two acquaintances.

According to reports, Lawrence also made made contact with his ex-wife that day and threatened to hurt her. His wife contacted her parents and they came to her home to stay with her.

At 3:00 am Lawrence showed up at his ex-wife’s home with a gun. His father-in-law Harvey Lee Hand met him on the front porch. The two began arguing and Lawrence shot Hand in the torso. He then dropped the gun and fled.

Police had been called when Lawrence showed up at the house and they were able to stop him. He has been charged with aggravated assault.

Mr. Hand was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is reported to be in critical but stable condition.  

It is believed that Lawrence may have been coming to the home to kill his ex-wife and the children, then himself. But he was not aware that his ex-wife’s parents had come to the home.

The ex-wife and children were not harmed.

Lawrence did have a criminal history, in Sept. 2005 he was arrested for family violence assault.        


Harvey Lee Hand is being called a hero for defending his daughter. But this is not the first time he has committed a heroic action. He once ran into a burning home to see if an elderly neighor was inside and managed to save her dog.

Harvey Hand is reported to be improving and has been removed from the ventilator.


“Don’t come home”

Todd Phillips, 38, and his girlfriend, 21, had been out Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to a couple of bars and a friend’s home. They both were drinking. When a disagreement developed between the two, Phillips left the friend’s home between 3 and 3:30 am and went home. He reportedly called her several times telling her to come home.

At 3:54 am the girlfriend received a text message from Phillips.  “Don’t come home.”

At 4:03 am another message “I’m going to kill you.”

At 4:09 am came another message “Hey, don’t come home. I’m trying to warn you, OK? I totally booby trapped something to the back door. The shotgun is going to go off and blow your insides out, please just don’t come home. OK? I’m trying to save you. OK? Bye.”

Shortly afterward the girlfriend left the home, she walked 4-5 blocks because when Phillips left he had taken the car.

At the home the dispute became physical with some pushing and shoving. The girlfriend then went to the bathroom and removed her contacts. However, when she went to put her glasses on, she found the lenes were out of the glasses.

She went to the kitchen to confront Phillips about her glasses, felt a wire brush her leg, and heard a shotgun blast. She saw wood chips flying from the door that was hit by the shotgun blast.

She called the friends whose home she had been at earlier and they came and got her. At their home police were called at 5:21 am.

Police made contact with Phillips about 8 am and he surrendered without further incident at 8:43 am.

Todd Phillips was arrested for being armed while intoxicated. Police obtained a search warrant for the home, and they say other charges are possible.                             

To the girlfriend it probably seemed like drunken ramblings. But never underestimate a drunken or drugged person. Keep in mind that drugs and alcohol will lower inhibitions against violence.

This guy set up a trip to a shotgun, then placed it somewhere he thought she would go. He most likely placed himself in the kitchen as a lure to ensure she came into the kitchen.

He possibly removed her lenses from her glasses to ensure she would have difficulty seeing the setup with the shotgun.

And we have another example of how ‘a couples problem’ affects a community. The neighborhood woke up on Wednesday morning to find armed officers in their neighborhood and on their streets. They were there to protect and promote safety. But it would be frightening all the same. Thankfully a firefight did not start.


‘Medical Emergency’

Christmas Eve about 7:40 pm 911 got a call requesting help for a ‘medical emergency’. “When police arrived on scene, they determined it was something more than a medical emergency.”

When they arrived they found Renee Farnsworth, 33, dead inside the home. A later autopsy revealed she had been strangled.

An investigation revealed that Renee Farnsworth and her husband Thomas Farnsworth were involved in a physical altercation earlier.

The couple had reportedly been married since 1996 and had no children. Police say they had not been called to the home in the previous year.

Thomas Farnsworth has been charged with one count of murder.                


Thanks to commenter Mike Van Roy, we have a memorial site for Renee: In Memory of Renee