According to the Lewis County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department, officers arrested 72-year old Freddy Bevens on April 27 on charges of third-degree arson and fourth-degree assault after Bevens assaulted his common-law wife, Shirley Thurman, 59, and set their residence on fire using 15 gallons of gasoline. The residence was completely destroyed.
As a result of that incident, the Lewis County Family Court issued a domestic violence order that Bevens keep 1,000 feet away from Thurman and have no communications. He was also ordered not to have any firearms during the term of the order, which was effective until May 6, 2013. Bevens was released from the Lewis County Detention Center on a $40,000 property bond on July 9.
At about 10 a.m. Saturday, Bevens had been hiding behind Thurman’s residence. Thurman stepped onto her front to speak with her landlord when Bevens stepped out and shot her in the back, then turned the gun on himself and killing himself.
Thurman was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital and is listed in critical condition. The incident remains under investigation.