In April Alene Knight requested an order of protection against her former husband Shad Knight. That order was granted, but was reportedly withdrawn after a court challenge.
Dec. 24, Shad Knight allegedly assaulted Alene Knight and her 14 year old daughter and then left. Police were called, but he had left the home.
Dec. 25, Shad Knight returned to the home and the children let him in. Again police were called. By Dec. 26, Alene Knight was back in court to again request a restraining order and it was granted. In her request Alene Knight wrote that police had come to the home and taken pictures and had said they had enough information for an arrest, but that her former husband had left.
On Jan. 1 Shad Knight was arrested at Alene Knight’s home. It is not stated in the articles if that was a new incident or if it was related to the previous assault. Knight was charged with 2 counts of domestic violence assault and 4 counts of domestic violence disorderly conduct. On Jan. 2 he was released on his own recognizance. In court on the charges on Jan. 26 he pleaded not guilty. He had another court appearance on Monday and was due back in court on Mar. 16.
On Wednesday night, Alene Knight and a relative had gone out and she reportedly returned home between 1:30 and 2 am.
Early Thursday morning one of Alene Knight’s neighbor’s was leaving her home at around 6:50 am. She saw Alene Knight partially slumped out of her open car door and called 911. The vehicle was still running.
The cause of death has been reported as a stabbing. They say her three children ages 14, 11, and 4 years of age were found in the home and were not harmed. Reportedly they did not witness their mother’s death. Reportedly Alene Knight had pulled into her drive and was attacked before she even made it out of her car.
Police interviewed Shad Knight in the murder and served a search warrant had his home. He was later arrested on a charge of suspicion of 1st degree murder.
She went to court for a restraining order, that was given then taken away. She and her daughter were then allegedly assaulted again. No arrest, and he was back at the home the next day. Again she goes back to court for a restraining order, and it was granted.
He is then arrested at her home. And was released from jail before even 24 hours had elapsed. On his own recognizance. And with domestic violence charges still working their way through the court, she is attacked again- this time fatally.
It is so very important that if you have to take out a restraining order, that you do work with the local domestic violence shelter to work out a safety plan and that you use it. A shelter may be necessary, and is very often advisable. Keep a cell phone on you at all times, and immediately call police if you see the other partner in your vicinity.
You cannot depend on the protection order for protection. A protection order is to tell the partner they must stay away from you- but requires their cooperation to comply with it. It is however a tool that assists in prosecution if they break the order.
Alene Knight’s daughter and her neighbors and coworkers have talked with detectives about some actions of Shad Knight that might be interpreted as stalking.
Thanks to a tip from Diane we have an update. Shad Knight has been found guilty of the first degree murder of Carmen Alene Knight. He will be back in court on Jan. 16 for sentencing and is facing life in prison or life without parole.