Woman and Family Found Dead After Being Denied Protection Order

Woman and Family Found Dead After Being Denied Protection Order

Order Denied – Entire Family Found Dead

(NewsReady.com) – Protection orders are intended to keep victims safe when they fear for their lives. Unfortunately, they don’t work if a judge refuses to issue one. That’s what happened when a Michigan woman applied for one — now, she and her family are dead.

On Sunday, July 10, police found the bodies of 35-year-old Tirany Savage, her mom, 58-year-old Kim Ebright, her 13-year-old son Dayton Cowdrey, and her estranged husband, 35-year-old Bo Savage in their Roscommon County home. All four died of gunshot wounds.

According to the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department, Tirany Savage filed for a restraining order on June 24. She alleged her husband was mentally ill and recently bought a gun, saying she feared for her and her son’s lives. Three days later, a judge denied the order, and on Thursday, July 7, she filed for divorce. Police believe Bo killed his wife, son, and Tirany’s mother before turning the gun on himself.

WMU Cooley Law School Professor Jeffery Swartz told Up North Live he thinks the judge denied the protective order because the victim didn’t explain why she was in fear well enough. For example, she didn’t talk about him being abusive or threatening her. He said it’s essential that people fill out the paperwork in a way that makes it absolutely clear why they’re worried they might become the victim of a crime at someone else’s hands.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, contact the national hotline at 888-799-7233 or text START to 88788.

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