Sometimes these posts write themselves, with help from the mainstream media. This is one of those times [via fosters.com]. . .
According to the indictments, Douglas Staples [above] strangled his girlfriend with his hands sometime between September and October in 2012 in Farmington.
During that same time period, the indictments state Staples also strangled the woman by placing a rifle across her throat.
The indictments also state on or between Jan. 21 and 22, 2013, Staples “caused serious bodily injury” to the same woman by setting her on fire, which resulted in first and second-degree burns to her chest, abdomen, arms and hands.
According to the indictments, during that same time period Staples placed the woman “in fear of imminent bodily injury” by slamming a rifle into a wall and saying he was going to kill himself and her.
Would a restraining order prior to these incidents have done anything to deter Mr. Staples from this attack? I don’t think so. Would a firearm pointed in his direction have prevented the assault? Yes. Yes it would have. That is all.