38 year old Tyrone Smith has a stack of protection orders against him that date back to 2008 from an ex-wife, to former girlfriends to his current girlfriend. Nancy Naeve Brown asked an expert on domestic violence about why they still strongly encourage women to get protection orders.
Court documents prove 38 year old Tyrone Smith had a hot temper with a violent streak which turned out in this case to be a deadly combination. His girlfriend was granted a temporary protection order against him on Monday after she said smith attacked her Sunday night in the home they shared with their 2 young children. Smith was arrested and jailed for domestic simple assault and released Monday afternoon. Monday morning neighbors say they saw the woman moving out of the house with her children. Police say she did everything right
"A protection order is granted based on violent behavior on the victim. You can add on things like no contact with children, no contact within a certain distance of the residence and work all of which she did. But it's a piece of paper and it's an order just like a posted speed limit not everyone is going to obey it, "Captain Greg VandeKamp
Amy Carter is the Operations Director of the Sioux Falls Children's Inn, they provide 24 hour, free services for women, children and men who are victims of abuse. She says although there are no guarantees with protection orders, they do have validity.
"Protection orders are a first good step for those in abusive relationships. It helps them to realize this is something I don't want to continue and it's a legal process they can go through so they are forced to have time of separation, "Carter said.
Both Carter and Capt. VandeKamp say you never know when someone is going to snap to the point of no return.
"There is a cycle of abuse in relationships. Often times the perpetrator gets to a point when they think they've lost everything and that's when they are more dangerous and more likely to do things that put victims, domestic victims at risk, "Carter said.
"It's very difficult to understand a homicidal mind," Capt. VandeKamp said.
Understanding why Smith did what he did will probably never come easy for all the people he terrorized, especially for the family of Amanda Connors.
Since the protection order was issued, Smith had not made contact with his kids or his girlfriend until the deadly chain of events transpired on September 11th.