Advertisement

Archive for Monday, February 1, 2010

Parents of domestic violence victim Jana Mackey testify before Legislature about new legislation

A bill was heard Monday that would expand the definition of domestic violence crimes, and seeks to better identify offenders. Christie Brungardt, the mother of Jana Mackey, who was murdered in 2008 in Lawrence, and Mackey’s stepfather Curt Brungardt, were on hand to testify on the bill before the House Corrections Committee. Mackey was slain by Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was later arrested in New Jersey in connection with Mackey’s death, and committed suicide in a holding cell.

A bill was heard Monday that would expand the definition of domestic violence crimes, and seeks to better identify offenders. Christie Brungardt, the mother of Jana Mackey, who was murdered in 2008 in Lawrence, and Mackey’s stepfather Curt Brungardt, were on hand to testify on the bill before the House Corrections Committee. Mackey was slain by Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was later arrested in New Jersey in connection with Mackey’s death, and committed suicide in a holding cell.

February 1, 2010, 4:08 p.m. Updated February 1, 2010, 4:08 p.m.

Advertisement

Parents of domestic violence victim Jana Mackey testify before Legislature about new legislation

The parents of Jana Mackey, who was slain in Lawrence in 2008 by her former boyfriend, urged legislators on Monday to approve a bill that would expand the definition of domestic violence and identify offenders earlier. Enlarge video

— The parents of Jana Mackey, who was slain in Lawrence in 2008 by her former boyfriend, urged legislators on Monday to approve a bill that would expand the definition of domestic violence and identify offenders earlier.

“Far too many women are being battered, children are witnessing this, and many people are dying,” said Christie Brungardt, Mackey’s mother.

Mackey was slain by Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was later arrested in New Jersey in connection with Mackey’s death, and committed suicide in a holding cell.

Mackey’s stepfather, Curt Brungardt, said he doesn’t know whether Mackey’s death could have been avoided if House Bill 2517 had already been law. But he said that her assailant had a history of violence that went unnoticed, and the proposed bill aims to designate domestic violence cases sooner and have offenders get treatment.

He also said the bill would be symbolic in nature, sending a strong message “that domestic violence is unacceptable.”

The House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee took the bill under consideration. Chair Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, said the committee will work on the measure in a week to 10 days.

The bill would expand the definition of domestic violence to include other crimes, such as arson and destruction of property, if they were committed by someone in an intimate relationship with the victim. It would also require that a determination be made in all criminal cases whether there is probable cause of domestic violence, and if so then an assessment must be made of the offender to see if they should undergo some kind of treatment.

Former Attorney General Robert Stephan also testified in favor of the bill, saying it seemed like a “no-brainer” because Colorado has had a similar law for 16 years.

And Stephan, who serves as chair of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, noted that 2009 was the deadliest year in Kansas for domestic violence, with 34 adults and 14 children murdered.

Christie Brungardt told the committee that allowing the status quo was unacceptable.

“The cost of doing nothing is far too high. Jana did the hard part,” she said.

Comments

verity 4 years, 2 months ago

Oh, yeah, you just walk out the darn door. It's just so simple.

And then he follows you and kills you and possibly your children.

It's after the leaving that you are in the most danger. Something about if I can't have you, nobody can. Remember our recent situation with Jaeger? And then there was that other guy---the one who tried to get his children to beat their mother to death. Oh, yeah, the answer is so simple and it's all the victim's fault.

0

Amy Heeter 4 years, 2 months ago

Also when she went missing her friends knew he had hurt/killed her. That's why to intense hunt. Who was fighting for Jana then? She knew he was violent and so did her friends. " an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" I do care about battered women; I tell them to curbside the mofo. It is up to them if they listen. My mom always said it was hard to leave. I don't see why, you just walk out the darn door.

0

macon47 4 years, 2 months ago

all the laws, committes, hand holding groups and feel good advocates cant help when women choose to be involved with known beaters, and abusers.

0

pace 4 years, 2 months ago

I think more can be done than to blame the victims and shrug your shoulders. I hope these parents are successful. If you know someone who is abusing someone, speak up and out. It is your business, it is the governments business,. Battery and abuse is not acceptable because the monster and the victim know each other. Don't stay silent out of your sense of impotency. At least speak up.

0

oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

0

hilary 4 years, 2 months ago

artichoke, her name was JANA, and it's not her fault that she was killed. It might help to know a little backstory. I think it's great that her parents continue her fight. If Jana were here today, she'd be making her voice heard.

0

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 2 months ago

Relationships have an addictive power of any drug, illicit or legal. They bend reason beyond the capability of any law enforcement apparatus. All the cops and lawyers and jails don't do anything, if the victim doesn't want alternatives.

0

brujablanco 4 years, 2 months ago

Arti - does your definition of domestic violence include domestic battery?

0

Morich 4 years, 2 months ago

Sad subject, here. I once picked up someone from the hospital after her boyfriend beat the hell out of her. Her eye was puffed up so bad she couldn't open it.

She was back with the guy in a week.

So, what artichokeheart said.

0

Amy Heeter 4 years, 2 months ago

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink" While I feel bad for the family of Jena Mackey we can't stop domestic violence completely. There would never be enough money or manpower to ensure everyone is safe. Miss Mackey was more aware of the plight related to domestic violence than the average person and she still fell victim to such violence. The best we can do is educate on the issue of domestic violence and report any suspected violence.

0

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 2 months ago

People need to understand something; despite many attempts made at legislation to deal with and raise awareness of domestic violence local and state governments have no obligation to protect DV victims. Protection and restraining orders mean nothing and governments cannot be sued for "failure to protect". "....it is a "fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen."" That is a direct quote from SCOTUS. http://www.firearmsandliberty.com/kasler-protection.html http://www.allsafedefense.com/news/CopsDontProtect.htm http://www.homestudycredit.com/courses/contentBO/trkBO06lo.html There are many more references to this particular issue on the web.

0

John Reeves 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi LJW, thank you for covering this story. The url seems odd for this article. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/feb...

0

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 2 months ago

And then I went and made a liar of myself and Scott. I basically just moved stuff around so comments are sort of in the right place now.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

0

srothschild 4 years, 2 months ago

My bad. I removed this story from Statehouse Live and made it a separate story. Then I put the domestic violence story in Statehouse Live. I then e-mailed Jonathan to fix the posts situation because he is all-knowing in these areas. But he just informed me, it can't be done.

0

smitty 4 years, 2 months ago

Why are all the posts for this thread under the domestic violence thread?

0

bobberboy 4 years, 2 months ago

what a bunch of bimbos ! How much longer are we going to put up with these elected clowns. They should all be outsourced. Let's get some people in there that at least have some idea of what's going on ! Geeezzzzzz !!

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.