WHAS11 looks into domestic violence orders and what else you can do to protect yourself if you are a victim



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:06 PM

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(WHAS11) - A local judge defended his decision Wednesday that denied legal protection for a Pleasure Ridge Park woman, who was eventually killed, allegedly by her husband.

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Meanwhile, another judge entered a not guilty plea for 68-year-old William Seidl on those charges that he killed his wife.

Seidl was arrested after a four hour stand-off with police after the shooting at his home.

WHAS11's Chuck Olmsted looks into why domestic violence orders are denied and how the courts try to protect potential victims.

William Seidl, the 68-year-old retiree, accused of shooting to death his wife 69-year-old Dorene inside their Pleasure Ridge Park home appeared before a judge on Wednesday.

Police records showing police had made four trouble runs to the address since last year. But in each, there was no arrest made.

Then two weeks ago, his wife sought a domestic violence petition but it was denied last week.

Wednesday afternoon, Judge Joe O'Reilly who turned down the petition, refused an interview, but did release this statement to WHAS11 over the phone:

"My prayers are with the family. I held a hearing last week on a petition for domestic violence order. Both sides presented their evidence.

But the judge said, under state statute, there must be a preponderance of evidence that domestic violence occurred. After considering the evidence, I did not find the complaint met the burden of proof that violence occurred."

O'Reilly refused to comment beyond that. Dorene Seidl is not the first to seek court protection. Just weeks ago Katisha Huff had apparently sought the same, days before she was gunned down.

The cases illustrate that emergency protective orders and the longer lasting domestic violence orders are not automatic.

Victims must have some proof which may not always be possible.

All the more reason says the center for women and families to call them for extra survival tips.

Lastly something else you may not have known, whether you have an emergency protective order or not, police will accompany you back to your house or apartment while you retrieve your clothing.

They'll also accompany you if fear your abusive spouse is waiting near your car outside work.