PREVENT DOMESTIC HOMICIDE: Create law that removes bond option for felony DV/SA charges
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On January 9th 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin, Sarah Schmidt, a mother of 3, was murdered by her husband following her filing for divorce. During an assault on New Years eve, he“held the gun to her head, tied her up with a cord and duct tape (to which he admits to not leaving here there for "more than a couple of hours"), cut off her clothes" and assaulted her. According to his own testimony he recently purchased the firearm on December, 31st, and put a tracking device on her car. He further explains in his testimony, that "he snapped" and the use of the gun was, "spur of the moment." He admitted to his crimes and yet he was released back into the community. 5 days after being released on a $10,000 bond he murdered his wife and killed himself, leaving their 3 kids without either parent.
She was brave enough to come forward and report her abuse and then file for divorce. She was brave enough to stand up for herself and do what she felt was best for her children, yet our judicial system let her down. She did what we "expect" domestic abuse victims to do, and yet she was murdered because our systems did not protect her. They let a man charged with 2 violent felonies back out into her community, into her neighborhood and it resulted in her murder.
We cannot stand by and let such lax laws exist any further. Approximately 75% of women who are killed by their batterers are murdered when they attempt to leave or after they have left an abusive relationship. Bond should not be an option when charged with 2 violent crimes, and in this case, one including a deadly weapon. We must do better for victims/survivors. We demand change of the laws to keep abusers with charges of a violent nature behind bars until they have their day in court. Not only does the protect the community, it more importantly protects the brave survivors who come forward to report their abuse.
Enough is enough, let's demand a change. This petition will be sent to Wisconsin's Attorney General, Brad Schimel and several WI representatives, demanding that bond options are removed for felony domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
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