Friday, March 5, 2010

Lobbyist for Domestic Violence Legislation Shoots and Kills Husband

Look, domestic violence is no laughing matter and not even I can "go there" on this one. But the irony of this story is astounding, considering the fact that domestic violence seems to almost always be a one-sided issue:
A 45-year-old woman, charged with ending a domestic dispute by killing her 26-year-old husband of five days, is a registered lobbyist for a group fighting domestic violence.

Arelisha Bridges was ordered held without bond in the Fulton County Jail. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing later this month on charges of felony murder, murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Officials said Bridges claimed she was unemployed. But records show she is a lobbyist for an organization called the National Declaration for Domestic Violence Order; its Web site says the group is pushing legislation to create a database of those convicted of sex crimes or domestic abuse.

Usually an accused felon will appear at a preliminary hearing a day later, but Bridges' hearing was within hours of the shooting death of Anthony Rankins. Officials said the court appearance was moved up because of the unusual circumstances around the crime.

Witnesses told police that Bridges was wearing a nightgown and a shower cap as she argued with Rankins on the sidewalk on North Avenue near West Peachtree Street around 10:45 p.m. Monday.

And moments later, witnesses said, they heard shots. They said she then "calmly walked away."

A MARTA police officer stopped her as she was getting into her car, perhaps to return to her home nearby on Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

According to Atlanta police, Bridges told investigators that she and Rankins had been dating for a few months and were just married on Feb. 24. (Source)
Of course the nature of the argument is unknown at this time. But with her being 45, and her him being 26yrs old. I think it's safe to assume this to be a case of "When Cougars Go Wild". Yep, walking around in a housecoat and shower-cap has always been a dead giveaway that something just ain't right to me. I'm sorry, but that's the way I look at women who in public present themselves  in that manner. And they were only married five days too?? She calmly walked away from the scene??What the hell happened?? Any guesses?

Here's some good info on men as victims of domestic violence (pdf).


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