The Protection Order

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 That order was granted, but was reportedly withdrawn after a court challenge.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.



  1. Soobs said,

    February 13, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Home: “He is then arrested at her home. And was released from jail before even 24 hours had elapsed”

    This ANGERS me to know freaking END!!!!

  2. February 13, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Yeah, me too.

  3. JRK said,

    February 15, 2007 at 11:09 pm


  4. jcr said,

    February 16, 2007 at 12:04 am

    This tradegy hurt my familly greatly.Alene was my aunt,she was a beautiful person that cared alot for others and was the best mom/aunt/friend to alot of people i cried so fricken much to the point that i wasn’t feeling good and couldnt no more…something has to be done against shad knight. He is very dangerous We’re 999% sure it was him. there were several threats to the familly and the cops still didn’t do nothing.My aunt did not die in vain.this has to go further into the courts and help protect needed mothers again their angry ex’s. the kids are now going through some deep stuff, something kids at that age should not be going through.. please help

  5. February 16, 2007 at 12:43 am

    JCR, I am so sorry for what happened to Alene. No ever deserves this to happen. And the children most of all do not deserve it. I wish there was something that I could say or do to make it all go away or change or not even happen- but that is beyond my powers.
    The children won’t forget, but with time, love and support they can go on.
    With time, some of the pain will ease, though you will never forget. And you will always have your love for her and your memories of her.
    Someday, perhaps they will find a way to make this type of murder impossible. But until they do, your family, many families suffer. I am so sorry.

  6. jcr said,

    February 16, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Thanxs for the nice things you said i appreciate that. This definetly was one of the hardest things i’ve been through it hurts me so much to see my little cousins cry for their mom and knowing wut the dad did. We love them so much and we have been spending time with them whole familly has, what helps alot is that our familly is really united.all my aunts and uncles are like moms and dad’s to all of us so that helps alot.. thank all of you for your support.

  7. February 16, 2007 at 5:30 am

    jcr, spending time with them, playing with them and showing them you love them is some of the best help you can give them. They are very lucky to have a family like that.
    You have the right to your feelings about him and a right to be angry. But you may want to express that to others but not in front of them. In front of them you may want to just listen and try not to say too much about their father. It will take a while for them to sort out their loyalties and feelings about him.

  8. Tressa said,

    February 18, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    I worked with Alene, and I was her friend. She was beautiful inside and out. All of us that were close to her saw her ex starting to spriral out of control, and saw that the system was failing Alene. She was an angel, someone that everyone that came into contact with loved and admired. I will remember her forever, and do whatever I can to see that Shad Knight recieves the punishment that he deserves for this horrific crime, and that those innocent children live a peaceful life. Tell your sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends …domestic violence is real, and when your gut is telling you that someone is going to hurt you…your intuition in right. Alene told me on several occasions that “Shad would never hurt me, he is only trying to scare me”. Trust your gut, ladies, it never fails you.
    Alene…I know you are singing with the angels today…..

  9. Pam said,

    February 19, 2007 at 3:51 am

    The kids I am so glad that they are with her family and it is a united loving family my heart goes out to them. I am Shad”s Aunt and I think it is horrible what happened to Alene I think of her daily. I am so confused I go through denial, reality, shock, guilt, innocent all these thoughts over and over again

  10. February 19, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Pam, it is always hard on everyone’s family. No matter whether they are related to the victim or the accused. I am very sorry it has happened to your family. You will go through a variety of emotions, but in time things will settle down and you will finally be able to come to some terms with what has happened. But you will need to give yourself some time.

  11. The Winn Family said,

    February 21, 2007 at 2:38 am

    We are up in Battle Ground WA, and our family was very close to Alene and the children. We are so saddened to hear what Shad has done. Please let the girls know that we are thinking of them, and we have left a message at Alene’s work to put us in contact with her family. As for Shad, lets hope the Arizona justice system does a better job than the Washington State justice system did. Alene – you will forever be in our hearts.

  12. macy said,

    May 8, 2007 at 12:35 am

    I was shadlene’s best friend (the 11 year old daughter) and it hurt inside and out when i found out that alene knight got killed. She will always be in my heart! and that day during school the’re was three girls including me were emotional all day long!!:(:(

  13. Rachel said,

    June 9, 2007 at 12:22 am

    I would just like to say that yes Alene was a great woman and we liked her very much.. I am Shad’s cousin and i do love my cousin very much..I have no idea what would make him do that IF he did.. I wont make judgement either way until the court does.. This whole thing has been very bizarre….Our family has been in total shock..She was an awesome mother and a very caring person.. We will all miss her. I hope that all is well with the kids.. They deserve the best in life..

  14. issis said,

    June 15, 2007 at 9:49 am

    I AM ALENES DAUGHTER..SHAD DID IT. END OF STORY. we called the police countless of times this whole year to prevent him from coming to the house and they did nothing….OKAY AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.? WHATS A PEICE OF PAPER GOING TO DO.?????? what were we supposed to do when he came..throw it it at him.? NO!!!! DESPERATE MEASURES NEED TO BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO KEEP PEOPLE LIKE THIS AWAY…POLICE NEED TO TAKE THINGS LIKE THIS MORE SERIOUSLY IN ORDER TO PREVENT THINGS LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING….not only did shad take my mothers life, he now left his TWO BIOLOGICAL children (and myself, his adopted daughter) without a mother. well he suposedly loved us so much right.? hmm what a great way to show it…he destroyed everything we knew as a home..a life…left us without a mother..forever tramatized me and my sibilings..and basically got what he wanted…to ruin everything for just a moment or an hour of pure hatred twards her wich now HOPEFULLY will last him forever misery and pain.

    I LOVE U MAMiiiiiiii…1971-2007

  15. Diane said,

    December 17, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Alene can rest in peace and the family can begin the closure process. My heart goes out to the family. The evidence was overwhelming.


  16. shadlene knight said,

    January 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    hello, Im the daughter of Alene Knight and i would like to say that…………………………….I LOVE YOU MOMIIIIIII!!!!!!! And that night when you left with evelyn i thought that you weren’t going to leave anywhere but you did…and if i knew that you left then i wouldn’t of let yu goo because i felt that something bad was gona happen that night..and the last words you said to me that night was “i love you,googd night and see you 2morrow.!!” and i still keep those words with me in my heart….I LOVE YUUUOOOOO.!!!


  17. Danni and Lane said,

    February 24, 2008 at 4:12 am

    We are close friends of Shadlene Knight and we just want to say that from looking at the way that Shadlene lives out her life you would never be able to tell that this horrible, horrible thing has happened to her. We wish her and her family the best in life!

  18. ashley creager said,

    March 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    hello, i am shad knights cousin. i only met Alene Knight and her three kids once or twice. they came to my house with Shad just a couple of years ago. Shad comes over all the time when on the road and stays here. Shad had lived with me and my family for months, about eight years ago, in a house i used to live in. Also about 14 years ago he lived with us. shad was the most caring and helpful person. Shad did have a temper, but i mean, who doesn’t have one? what happened to Alene was horrible. she did not deserve what happened to her. but i also think it’s horrible that all the evidence leading to the murder, DIDN’T lead to Shad, but yet the police still blamed him for the murder. its pretty sad the police cant even do they’re job and find the person who did it. Issis, Shadlene, and Allen(dont really know how to spell your name, sorry), i have thought alot about this, and i can’t figure Shad into the murder. If you look at all the evidence, there is nothing that points towards him. not including the restraining orders. whenever your father was with us, he would brag about you guys. how much he loves your mother, and you kids. he wanted you and your siblings to have the best lives, filled with love from him and your mother. he never said anything bad towards or about you and your family. when your mom and dad were in the process of getting a divorce, he wasnt happy about the fact that you all wouldnt be a “family” anymore. but yet, he still never said anything bad about you guys and Alene. i understand that everyone is probably telling you that Shad did it. but trust me, he didnt. he wouldnt. please understand that your father loves you kids, and your mother ALOT. i feel very bad that the person who killed her ISNT in jail, and your father is. they only put him in jail because they couldnt find any other person to blame. im not saying any of this to hurt your feelings or anything like that. put all your anger for him aside, and remember that your dad loves you, and misses you. he writes our family letters all the time, and i cry when i read them because there is only a few people on his side…and we know he didnt do it. he is a great dad to you kids…if you just give him a chance. im hoping you take the time out and think about all the things i have said.
    Sincerely, Your 2nd Cousin
    Ashley Creager.

  19. Ashley Creager said,

    March 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Also i just want to say that i miss your mom alot now that i know she is gone, in person, but not in spirit. she will always be with you guys, loving you and watching over you every minute of every day. here’s some advice that helped me when my dad died. i talked to him everynight about my day and how much i missed him. i would only say positive things. its helped me…maybe it will help you and your family.
    i pray for you,
    Ashley Creager

  20. March 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Ashley, that is very good advice for the children or really for anyone who has suffered a loss.

    I do have a question. This has already gone to court hasn’t it? Do you mean to tell me that there was absolutely no evidence presented that the person who killed Alene was Shad? Nothing? Then how did they convict him?

  21. Ashley Creager said,

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm


    i dont really know how they convicted him of the murder. im thinking it was just because everyone was telling the police that it was him. and from what had happened in the past with all the restraining orders, im sure thats why. yes, from what i hear, everything has already been through court….i just wish the court knew the truth about what happened..and hopefully is still trying to find the person who did it because Shad Knight DIDNT kill her.

  22. Ashley Creager said,

    March 18, 2008 at 5:41 am

    This is Ashley’s mom, Lisa. What Ashley has said is true. Shad’s past behavior that caused the restraining orders is what has branded him as the killer. Recently at his trial Deputy County Attorney Nicol Green made misleading statements to the jury one saying there was blood found on the armrest of the truck Shad has driven. The state DNA expert Curtis Reinbold, said he couldn’t see any blood but collected a swab sample that showed there possibly was blood there and Shawn Weiss a DNA analyst testified that even the children could have contributed to the DNA on the armrest. Deputy County Attorney Nicol Green mislead jurors by saying also the tracks found near the murder scene “Matched” tires on Shad’s truck when EXPERTS testified that they were “similar”. Also the shoe print found at the crime scene is a size 8 1/2 Adidas. Shad wears a size 13 1/2 shoe and the shoes he was wearing at the time were New Balance. Shad is a rather tall man and to go run in a size 8 1/2 Adidas could happen (really if you think about it). Since Prosecutor Green isn’t happy with the results of the shoe imprint and comparison he is now saying either Shad made the impressions with altered shoes or the prints are unrelated to the case. The shoes that left the print at the murder scene were a herringbone pattern and Adidas, Nike and Keds all leave that impression. There is a few various facts when it comes to the shoes including the type of soil. Three pairs of shoes belonging Shad were seized and Shad’s attorney requested that the defense team be allowed to see those shoes, they could potentially prove that he wasn’t at the crime scene. I might add that Green says Shad killed Alene because he believed she was trying to take their children from him. That is such bullcrap. Yes they were divorced but my nephew Shad was NEVER worried Alene would take the kids from him. Shad’s family-Alene and the kids, were going through a tough time-divorce. I hope the judge will look into other matters inside of Alene’s daily life circle and find out really why, why, someone wanted her killed.
    Thank you for your time.
    In loving memory of Alene
    Lisa Stratton

  23. Lisa Stratton said,

    March 22, 2008 at 12:22 am

    There is a mistake on my previous statement the word should say couldn’t –
    size 8 1/2 adidas couldn’t happen

  24. Clariza Mendoza said,

    April 15, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Issis!
    my name is Clariza and I know you do not remember me. However, I did know your mom and family from a long time. I remember you were about two years old the last time I saw you; you were so beautiful and so smart!!!!!
    I just found out about your mom and believe me it hurt me very very much!!!! I couldn’t believe it!!! your mom was always so nice to me, so does your grandma, uncle Oliver and aunt Evelyn. I just wanted to say that i will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    you know……you are a very special young lady!! you are very strong and your sister and little brother will be looking up to you!!
    De todo corazon!!!!!! Clariza

  25. ISSIS said,

    June 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

    ASHLEY CREAGER U DONT KNO WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. THE NUMBER ONE THING HE ALWAYS SAID WAS ” ALENE IM NOT LETTING U TAKE THE KIDS FROM ME.” this is actually funny because my sister who i just visited was present when these coments were going on..that is funny tho..if you were not present i think you should keep your opinions to yourself. im aware you are his relative, thats nice and of course you will take his side dont blame you, you just dont have all the facts…only one side of the story…there is alot you dont know about this man nor did my mom.. married for him for years and during the divorce finds out he lied about his occupation, hmmm very weird finding out tidewater has no record of a shad knight. whatever whats done is done, blood is thicker than water and i am obviously going to chose my mom over him. and i hate when his family says what happend to alene is horrible but shad didnt do it…you make it sound lke it is no big deal n its jus gonna get me heated cuz you have no idea what it was like. not so much for me but for shadlene and alen. the state wouldnt have him in there for no reason i mean shit this isnt mexico we are talking about this is the UNITED STATES. anyways n i wanna kno why he has houses in outher states we didnt know about and changed them to lindas name…thats something you COULD tell me about.

  26. Karen said,

    November 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    The Knights lived next door to us for about 2 years in Battle Ground, WA. Shad Knight was a monster. A flippin monster! He threatened us so many times, we got a restraining order against him. But Issis is right, what kind of protection does a piece of paper provide? My family carried pepper spray when outside when he was around. The police were over at that house several times. We felt sorry for the kids and Alene. He can rot in hell for what he did to Alene and the kids.

  27. Deputy Jim said,

    January 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    In April 2007 I stopped S Knight while working as a deputy for reckless driving. He was armed with a loaded 9mm pistol, 2 knives and resisted arrest. He was charged with Assault on myself and a civilian who stopped to help me when he saw Knight attack me (shad was 6’4″ and 250 lbs +, I was 5’7″ 165lbs.). I just read his myspace pleas for justice. Mr. Knight, even if your contention that you didn’t kill Alene is true, it was only a matter of time before you killed someone. I retired the next year after considering how lucky I was to survive the encounter with Knight. I still carry a firearm to this day because of him and those like him. He was held by the judge even after posting bail due to his disregard for me and the citizens on the road. He had been traveling over 100 MPH on a crowded freeway in a full sized pickup. Our system is broken. He served 30 days on a one year sentence on this charge. Rest in Peace Alene. (Shad Knight ADC#229034 court case)

  28. Deputy Jim said,

    January 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Correction on the date 4/17/2006

  29. MONIQUE said,

    January 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Alene’s anniversary is coming up soon. I’ve been on here many times and just read all the comments never actually commenting til now. Alene was a beautiful person. It makes me sad reading the comments from his family. Yes you’ve known him for years and may have lived with you for some years. But people don’t stay the same forever, people change. You hear on the news all the time about ordinary sweet people turning into monsters, killing their child, husband, and even wives. People who have bad tempers like him crack and the result could be screaming at someone, hitting someone or murder. He always s As for the shoes, he clearly had been planning this. Yes shad has big feet, larger than average but when someone takes the time and effort to create a plan to murder, they’re not going to screw it up by leaving distinguishable shoe prints all over the crime scene. ‘When there is a will, there is a way’. He improvised. 8 1/2 shoes? I don’t know, maybe he cut open the front of the shoes so it’d make more room, maybe the back, who knows. Evidence was more than just the shoes! I remember 3 weeks before the murder, someone (shad) had obviously intentionally broken the hinges to the gate, which had forced Alene to get out of her vehicle to push the gate open. Light bulbs surrounding the home were constantly being unscrewed, making it darker outside. Honestly who is going to take the time to plan a murder unless they have some type of grudge against that person.? Back then i’d be shocked to hear that somebody didn’t like Alene. She was a wonderful person. To this day, I wish we would have stayed awake a little longer. Maybe we could have heard something and maybe she could have been saved. ??? Alene added so much happiness into the 3 kids’ lives. He took a part of each of them that they will never get back. They’re damaged and I have this pure hate for him because of that. And for the people defending him, it doesn’t matter how close you were to him or how long you knew him. Its not about that. Anybody is capable of anything and you will never know what they are capable of. You need to understand that to help your confusion. Your opinion is irrelevent.

  30. MONIQUE said,

    January 27, 2011 at 1:36 am

    So I saw Shad’s myspace and his mother had written what happened from her point of view. First of all I want to say that I was very close to the family then, still am. And I was there all the time, it was my ‘second home’ as we would joke. So I knew a lot about what was going on and I know the following accusations are false…

    Shads mother wrote this….

    ‘Shad and Alene would have multiple arguments about Alene using the kids as fronts for transporting drugs’ FALSE



    ‘Alene had an affair with a married man’ FALSE



    ‘Alene was a jealous wife’ FALSE



    ‘Alene left the footprints herself and slit her own neck’ FALSE




  31. MONIQUE said,

    January 27, 2011 at 1:43 am

    This man was a very jealous and possessive man. He couldn’t bare the fact that she wanted to divorce him. A divorce lead him to believe many things that would create motive.

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