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How can she live with herself?

An Opinion By EOM Staff


How can she live with herself?




Kari Abbey won’t stand trial for murder or manslaughter, even after a witness told police that Abbey went to her car, got her gun, and crept along the front of the duplex peeking in the window to see what Rita was doing.  Abbey’s children were in the car waiting for her.  She could have left and taken her children away from a dangerous situation.  Instead she went back, waited for Rita to come out and killed her.  Abbey’s children witnessed their mother murdering a woman.  What effect will that have on their psyche? 




How can she live with herself?




She was a law enforcement officer.  She and all other law enforcement officers should be held to a higher standard.  She was trained to diffuse tense situations.  Instead, she instigated a situation that lasted over an hour and led to a death by her hand.




How can she live with herself?




Part of her job with the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department was to investigate cases of child endangerment.  Yet in her home were loaded weapons within reach of her very young children. She sent people to prison for doing what she was doing.  And now her children have witnessed a murder.




How can she live with herself?




Kari Abbey had in her possession 16 vials of steroids.  Steroids are known to cause uncontrollable rage.  She voluntarily injected herself with a drug that caused her uncontrollable rage that led to the murder of a woman.  How many other law enforcement officers was she supplying steroids for?  Her father, James Abbey, must have known about her steroid use, and used it to his advantage when dealing with tenants.  It was testified to in court that he said to Rita, “leave, or I’ll turn her loose on you again”. 




How can she live with herself?




There is a legal process to go through when evicting a tenant.  Tenants have rights.  Kari Abbey, her father and her husband, repeatedly disregarded the rights of their tenants.  They used force, violence, and illegal means (disruption of utility services) to force their tenants out.  Now they have resorted to murder.  Are any of their tenants safe?




How can she live with herself?




There were over 100 marijuana plants at her house.  Sure, James Abbey swears they were his.  Kari Abbey and other members of law enforcement send people to prison for growing marijuana, yet she felt it was okay for her and her family to do that.  Was she providing marijuana for other law enforcement officers, along with steroids?




How can she live with herself?




Kari Abbey will get to spend this Christmas with her family, most importantly, with her children.  Rita’s children will be missing their mother this Christmas, as they were last year.  They will miss her when they go on their first dates.  When they go to their first prom.  When they celebrate their birthdays and remember her on hers.  They will certainly miss introducing her to the men they may choose to marry someday.  And believe me, they will be missing her when they have their own children.  Kari Abbey has all of these important moments to look forward to with her children.  She has stolen all of those moments from three little girls. 




How can she live with herself?







Judge Refuses to Bind Abbey Over for Murder and Manslaughter

By Emerson Drake

The announcement brought several audible gasps from the Rita Elias family since they believed they had heard enough evidence to bind Kari Abbey over for trial on both the Murder and Manslaughter charges.

Judge Cordova stated that since Kari Abbey had allowed Rita Eilas the chance to escape after giving her a severe beating and it was Rita who returned to the apartment saying she was going to get her gun, Kari Abbeys subsequent actions of shooting Rita Elias three times including once in the back is considered in his mind self-defense.

The judge failed to address D.A.Harris’ contention of self-defense not being allowed  despite saying it was Kari Abbey who started the tragic series of events.

Judge Cordova did bind Kari Abbey over for trial on count :

#3 Conspiracy to commit a crime

#4 embezzled property by a public or private officer

#5 Plant/Cultivation ect. Marijuana/Hashish

#7 Willful cruelty to a child possible injury or death

#6 Receiving stolen property was also denied.

The D.A. can re-present the murder and manslaughter charges to another judge in the future if he chooses.

The next hearing will be 1/23/12

Kari Abbey Prelim Final Arguments Today

As an observer at the preliminary examinations one couldn’t help but notice a few things absent from the discussion. When you read the District Attorney’s list of items discovered on the Abbey property and compare it to the charges, a few details seem to be missing.  D.A. Harris uses the AR-15 as a contributing part of a child endangerment, but he fails to mention that it had been illegally altered from its manufactured state and was fully automatic.  And he never reveals where the illegal ‘sawed-off’’ shotgun was located.  Was it the shotgun found in the couch also used to support the endangerment charge? 

And maybe more importantly why were illegally altered (fully automated AR-15 and  sawed off shotgun) gun ownership charges NOT filed since each of these is a felony count?  And since murder charges were filed, why is it gun enhancement charges weren’t, since everyone else charged with murder while using a gun, has had them added? 

Maybe today will provide some answers.  The hearing should be interesting.

We’ll be back with the happenings from court this afternoon.

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