Earlier on the same day in Indianapolis, Carl Wills allegedly killed his ex-wife, April Wills, her boyfriend, and then killed himself. Records show that Carl had a history of violence and had previously threatened to kill himself and April, who had a non-violent contact order against him based on previous violent events involving Carl.
"Essentially, we are all under a 'non-violent protection order' as citizens of a civilized society," ICADV Legal Director Kerry Hyatt Blomquist said.
The ICADV is appealing the non-violent contact orders because, Blomquist said, these types of orders are not authorized by Indiana Code Section 34-26-5, the Indiana Civil Protective Order Statute. Non-violent contact orders also do not prevent the respondent from owning firearms, which a statutory protective order would.
Lake and Marion counties are among the few Indiana counties that administer non-violent contact orders, according to a recent informal study done by the ICADV.
"We hope courts stop ordering them before they get even more popular," Blomquist said.
The Indiana Lawyer is reporting on non-violent contact orders for the Aug. 6-19, 2008, edition.