Orange County Deputy Paul Robert Terry won custody of his kids because Orange Circuit Judge Bob Wattles believed Terry's photo of a scratch on his neck as evidence he was an abused man over the lie detector results of his wife Leigh Ann to show she did not do that, and the judge overlooked Leigh Ann's insistence that she and her children were in danger. Deputy Terry fatally shot his two children Elyse and Ian, then himself.
From a news article: "...When she was told of the deaths, the children's mother, Leigh Ann Terry, broke down in a neighbor's driveway."
August 5 1995 - October 10, 2005.
December 30, 1996 - October 10, 2005
[FL] Orange County Deputy Terry and his children found dead
Oct 11, 2005
...When she was told of the deaths, the children's mother, Leigh Ann Terry, broke down in a neighbor's driveway. "She was hysterical," said neighbor Robert Boos, a retiree who lives two doors away in the gated Windermere Club subdivision... According to Orange Circuit Court records, Leigh Ann Terry filed for divorce Wednesday...
Oct 11, 2005
...The sheriff's office had been called to the home for domestic trouble five times last month. Now Terry's colleagues were reviewing those cases... Judge: "He alleged that she hit him, and he was afraid for himself and his children"... Neighbor: "We don't talk to them because he was so screwy... This person was really not together. He frightened me."... Leigh Ann Terry had approached neighbors for shelter because she was afraid of her husband and his access to firearms...
Oct 12 2005
...The flag was at half-staff at Windermere Elementary School Tuesday because Elyse Terry, 10, and Ian Terry, 8, are both gone... "I understand that there may have been marital problems," said Sgt. Barbara Miller, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office...
Oct 12, 2005
...Records show the violence inside Terry's Windermere home began long before Monday's double-murder suicide. The WESH 2 I-Team obtained call records dating back to 2001 showing deputies responded 10 different times to Paul and Leigh Ann Terry's home...
Oct 12, 2005
...She filed for the divorce last Wednesday, less than a week before the bodies of Paul Terry and his children were discovered... In her response to the domestic-violence complaint, Leigh Ann Terry denied striking her husband and indicated that she had passed a polygraph test regarding what she called her husband's "false accusations."...
Oct 12, 2005
PD defends not taking action on Dep. Terry
...Then, just last month, there were five more calls to the Terry home. Only one involved physical abuse and it was Terry alleging his wife hit and scratched him. According to sheriff's office policy, an officer only loses his service weapon if he's arrested or if an injunction is issued against him, neither of which happened here...
Oct 13, 2005
Family's Minister Says No One Foresaw (?) Terry Tragedy
..."No one saw this coming. No one. That's the last thing I expected. I thought I was going to see a softer side of Paul because he was always a little bit distant and very self-controlled," Brits said.... Brits said Terry was meeting with him, but the injunction filed by Paul Terry against his wife late last month created more problems. "I felt all along that this injunction was brought against his wife, there wasn't an abusive situation," Brits said...
Oct 25, 2005
Susan Milano-Murphy speaks out on Terry case
"...It is the Orange County Sheriff department who should be charged for the crime of not responding and doing their job and as the law requires... Police Departments across the country need to get their act together by being more accountable to the other members of police families..."
Nov 1, 2005
Ian & Elyse Terry - memorialized
A west Orange soccer field will be named today in memory of two young players killed this month by their father. The Roper YMCA is naming the field to honor Ian and Elyse Terry, who played at the sports facility in Winter Garden, a YMCA worker said Friday...
Nov 13, 2005
"Cop suicides can exceed line-of-duty deaths"
...the true number remains unknown because no agency tracks police suicides nationwide... many agencies list them as accidental deaths or don't release any information... "Murder-suicides are on the increase in police families," University of Buffalo professor John Violanti, an authority on police suicides...
Nov 13, 2005
Article I had missed on Ian Terry
This article says some, not much, but some about 8 year old Ian - but more it reminds that everyone is effected... I'm sure it changed the world-view of this little league teams' members forever... How sad...
[See "comments" section for more on Judge Wattles - He may have an ax to grind about divorce and child support, and may be too biased to be in a position to make life and death decisions for others. Because of my own biases - you decide. Since ignoring Leigh Ann/ siding with Deputy Terry, and basically flipping a coin to determine Elyse and Ian's best interest, he's been honored by defense attorneys.]