Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 12, 2006 22:16:43 GMT -5
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for a man charged with shooting his wife to death at a drive-through restaurant in Conway. The victim was gunned down 20 minutes after she went to court and obtained a restraining order against her husband.
Prosecutor H.G. Foster says he will seek the execution of 38-year-old Stephen McCoy.
McCoy was arrested shortly after his wife Betty was shot at a chicken restaurant April 4. She had been at the Faulkner County Courthouse that morning to complain that McCoy had threatened to harm her. (See story links.)
McCoy has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Betty McCoy was alone in the car but she had two children. Police say Betty McCoy had left her husband a couple of weeks before the shooting.
Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 13, 2006 5:02:52 GMT -5
The shooting happened Tuesday morning around 11:30 at the Church's Chicken on Oak Street. Shortly after police arrested Stephen McCoy and charged him with killing his wife. Just minutes before she was killed, police say Betty McCoy had filed for a restraining order against her husband and family members say Monday night she told Stephen McCoy she wanted a divorce.
Neighbors in their quaint Conway neighborhood say the McCoys appeared to be the picture perfect family. Kathleen Oliver says, "[Stephen] was always interacting with his kids and we'd wave and stuff like that."
David Corless says, "No one would have guessed that there were any problems whatsoever."
But according to police reports, officers had been called to domestic disturbances involving the McCoys at least twice in the last four months and Betty McCoy reported in February her husband had broken her wrist.
Betty McCoys family says they knew the 12-year marriage was in trouble and worried about Bettys safety. Her sister, Shirley Foster, says, "We all did, but we didn't know it had gotten this bad. We didn't know. She really didn't tell anybody anything."
But, Betty McCoy did seek legal help Tuesday morning, just 20 minutes before police say her husband walked up to her car in the Church's Chicken drive thru and shot his wife multiple times in the back. Lt. Danny Moody with the Conway Police Department says, "I understand in the vehicle there was an Order of Protection in the seat next to her that was file marked through our circuit clerks office today."
Moody says officers arrested Stephen McCoy at the couple's home on Bernard Street shortly after the killing. "When our officers arrived at the house, he actually walked outside the house in a defensive posture with his hands raised and never give the officers any problems whatsoever," explains Moody.
Moody admits in Betty McCoys case, the legal system didn't work, but says there was nothing police could have done to prevent her murder. "This is one of those unpredictable events," says Moody. "Unfortunately, one that we couldn't interact with until after the fact."
The victim's family isn't blaming anyone; instead, they're focusing on protecting the couple's 2 children and remembering a woman that was loved by so many.
"She was a lovely person, a lovely sister, a lovely mother and we're just all sad," says Foster. "We don't know why this happened and all we can do is just pray."
Betty McCoy worked at Conway Regional Medical Center. People there say she was a wonderful employee and will be greatly missed. The hospital has set up a fund for her 15-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. To donate, call (501) 513-5778 for more information.
Lt. Danny Moody stresses restraining orders do work in most cases and battered women should always seek help from police and the court system for protection.