Monday, June 30 2014, 07:18 PM EDT
Local Woman Added to a Grim List of Domestic Deaths
39-year-old Crystal Ostrum thought she was safe.
But early Sunday morning, police said Jeremy Richie ignored a judge's orders, and killed Ostrum.
He fired several bullets into her Soddy Daisy mobile home.
Ostrum's husband, and stepson were also injured.
"No matter home many times you tell someone, or put an order down on some one not to go around their previous victim, there's no magic cloak of protection unfortunately," said Gwen Tidwell, a criminal court clerk.
Richie was arrested in November of last year, after assaulting Ostrum while driving home from Pigeon Forge.
Police said they were fighting because she talked to another man.
"He had taken her head and was slamming her head into the dash board. She jumped out of the moving vehicle."
Richie was arrested for aggravated assault, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
"To be released on bond, part of those conditions were that he not go around this women at all."
But the order, in essence a piece of paper, is not a safety guarantee. And police said, Richie's violation of the terms ended tragically.
Ostrum's death brings the total of domestic deaths to 5 for this year, just in Hamilton County.
"It has been passed along as a norm from one generation to another since the beginning of time," said Dr. Charlotte Boatright, the president of the Coalition against Domestic and Community Violence.
Both Dr. Boatright and Tidwell said victims of domestic violence need to know their legal options.
They also said it is important for victims to have a safety plan for protection. If they are planning on leaving an abusive relationship they need to have money, keys, critical documents and a prepaid cell phone ready.