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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

[MI] Attorney says Joni's diminished to the shell of a person. Sheriff will interview neighbors who say they were aware of abuse at the Holbrook's.

"...Her history of mental, physical and sexual abuse from her husband has diminished her to an absolute shell of a person"... The department will interview neighbors who alleged Melvin Holbrook was physically abusive toward his wife...

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SUSPECT'S FRIENDS TROUBLED BY MURDER CHARGE
Joni Holbrook 'very loving and kind,' they say
Traverse City Record Eagle
By Art Bukowski
August 12, 2009 07:00 am
[Excerpts] Joni K. Holbrook's friends experienced "shock and horror" when they learned she was charged in the shooting death of her husband, Michigan State Police Sgt. Melvin Holbrook... "It's totally out of character, totally out of character," said Tina Lehn, who worked with Holbrook for about eight years at 86th District Court in Traverse City. "She would never hurt anybody for any reason, at any time." Laurie Stricker, 46, has known Joni Holbrook since both were about 10 years old. She said word of the arrest was deeply troubling for those who know the suspect. "I have been just inundated with phone calls from the community, the legal community and people I went to school with," Stricker said. "(They're) just really heartbroken over this. She would do anything for me, or anyone. She's just very loving and kind." Holbrook's preliminary examination, held to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial, is scheduled for Aug. 24. She remains in jail without bond... Benzie Sheriff Rory Heckman said his department will spend the week conducting interviews and continuing to investigate the shooting. The department will interview neighbors who alleged Melvin Holbrook was physically abusive toward his wife, Heckman said. Stricker, Lehn and other friends of the woman knew of problems in the relationship, and she at times asked them to help her find a new place to stay. She didn't tell friends of any physical abuse, they said. Benzie Prosecutor John B. Daugherty said allegations of abuse likely wouldn't affect the outcome of the case... Jesse L. Williams, Joni Holbrook's attorney, said his client's "story deserves to be told. She has been physically, mentally and sexually abused, and tortured for the better part of her married life of 10 years... Her history of mental, physical and sexual abuse from her husband has diminished her to an absolute shell of a person." [Full article here]
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2 comments:

  1. WHEN US COMMON PEOPLE DID TRY TO REPORT AT THE TRAVERSE CITY FRONT DESK MI STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A CRIME OF STALKING AGAINST A TROOPER, RESULTING IN JOB LOSSES…A SGT. BOLDLY AND PROUDLY ADVISED, (QUOTE): “I WILL NOT TAKE A REPORT AGAINST ANY TROOPER OF MINE, BUT, IF YOU WANTED TO COME IN AND REPORT THAT YOU WERE RAPED, I WOULD GLADLY TAKE THAT REPORT!!!” –WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE! I WAS SENT TO JUST GO HOME! (This was video taped!!! As all is at the front desk!) I, HOWEVER DID NOT STOP AT HIS UNWARRENTED – BAD ADVISE, I WENT TO THE LIEUTENANT, AND HE HANDLED ME AND MY CONCERNS VERY WELL.

    CONSIDER, HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD GO FURTHER…AFTER BEING TOLD “NO, TO A REPORT AGAINST ANY TROOPER…”

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  2. LAWYER: JONI HOLBROOK 'VICTIM AND SURVIVOR'
    She is accused in shooting death of her husband
    BY ART BUKOWSKI abukowski@record-eagle.com
    August 19, 2009 07:20 am
    TRAVERSE CITY -- The attorney for a woman accused of shooting her husband in Benzie County said his client was subject to an "overwhelming amount of abuse" throughout their marriage, but still refused to provide details...

    AFFIDAVIT DETAILS NIGHT OF SHOOTING
    record-eagle.com
    By Art Bukowski
    abukowski@record-eagle.com
    August 21, 2009
    BEULAH - A Benzie County woman accused of fatally shooting her husband -- a Michigan State Police sergeant - referred to him as a "controlling bastard" in a call to a 911 dispatcher, but said the two weren't fighting or arguing when the shots were fired...

    NO GAG ORDER IN BENZIE MURDER CASE
    IPR program: IPR News Features
    Date: 08/27/2009
    A judge in Benzie County has refused to gag the defense in a high profile murder case. The prosecutor says publicity of the case will make it hard for Joni Holbrook to get a fair trial. She's accused of murdering her husband, Melvin Holbrook, a state police officer...

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