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Statehouse Live: Parents of Jana Mackey urge passage of legislation to reduce domestic violence

December 10, 2009, 11:31 a.m. Updated December 10, 2009, 11:59 a.m.

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— The parents of Jana Mackey, a Kansas University law student who was killed in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend, urged support of legislation aimed at reducing domestic violence.

“We believe it is our personal responsibility to use the story of Jana’s life and the story of her death to help reduce violence against women,” said Mackey’s mother Christie Brungardt. “It is our deep desire to turn this tragedy into something positive,” she said during a news conference Thursday at the YWCA.

Mackey, who was murdered in July 2008 in Lawrence, was well-known for her work on many social justice issues. Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was arrested in New Jersey in connection with Mackey’s death, committed suicide in a holding cell.

Christie Brungardt and Mackey’s stepfather Curt Brungardt, both of Hays, called for passage of a bill that would require a domestic violence tag be placed on all legal documents associated with a criminal act related to an intimate relationship. The measure would also require courts to order an assessment of the domestic violence offender and recommend interventions and treatments.

The legislation is expected to be considered during the 2010 session that starts next month.

Christie Brungardt, the mother of murder victim Jana Mackey, speaks Thursday at a news conference in support of legislation to reduce domestic violence. A photo of Mackey is on a screen beside Brungardt.

Christie Brungardt, the mother of murder victim Jana Mackey, speaks Thursday at a news conference in support of legislation to reduce domestic violence. A photo of Mackey is on a screen beside Brungardt.

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Richard Payton 4 years, 8 months ago

A tag seems like extra paperwork that offers little protection much like a no contact ruling by a judge. Sounds good but just doesn't keep the crazy abusive person away.

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justthefacts 4 years, 8 months ago

A PFA (protection from abuse) order only allows law enforcement to make an immediate arrest if they get to a scene (where the victim has such an order already) quickly enough. It won't stop a crazy person from doing anything. So how is a "tag" on other paperwork going to do anything more?

I truly wish there was some way to prevent such tragedies from happening. But the hard truth is that crazy people do crazy things, with or without oversight by the legal system, and no piece of paper is ever going to prevent that from happening.

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trishlovesdolphins 4 years, 8 months ago

A tag might help with making sure that those involved in future court proceedings don't miss that they are a violent offender. If every document has a tag on it, it would mean they wouldn't have to see the original document to know about the past behavior, and would be an indication that they need to read over the prior conviction for the violent offense.

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Dan Eyler 4 years, 8 months ago

This girl was a social welfare student at KU. She was involved with a man with known serious mental illness. What was she learning in her studies that made her feel safe around the man who killed her. Maybe the investigation should start at KU and the program that deceived her. Many of these women and men who enroll in social welfare studies are in need of the same care as those who they seek to help. No law will save someone who lacked common sense. No college study that avoids common sense will prevent the tragedy of this young woman.

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leah99 4 years, 8 months ago

Actually she wasn't a social welfare student, she was a law student.

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