Alabama woman killed by ex-husband after judge denied her protection twice

(IMAGE: WPMI) Limestone County Circuit Judge Chad Wise (right) Darwin Brazier (left)

According to Decatur Daily, an Ardmore, Alabama judge denied Debra Ann Rivera protective orders against her ex-husband, Darwin Brazier, twice before Brazier gunned her and two others down on Sunday, July 1.

Rivera had requested that his firearms be taken away from him due to alleged stalking and harassment. After killing Rivera, he killed her husband Radex Rivera and their roommate James Hayward-Boger before turning the gun on himself.

In March of 2017, Rivera had petitioned Limestone County Circuit Judge Chad Wise to issue a protection-from-abuse order against Brazier, but the judge denied it. She filed for protection again on March 1, 2018 after experiencing harassing phone calls from Brazier, but Judge Wise granted it on a temporary basis and then declined to make it permanent on April 10, 2018.

WAFF in Huntsville reports that Brazier "died about 50 yards from his residence on Cook Road in Madison around 8 p.m. on Sunday after officials from Limestone and Madison County had located him near the residence and confronted him."

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