How Ohio Justice System Failed To Prevent Homicide


Jennifer Blake called police in June after her husband kidnapped her at gunpoint and told her they were both going to die, says the Columbus Dispatch. Jack Blake Jr. spent one night in jail; less than a month after Jennifer Blake turned to the judicial system for help, her husband shot her to death in front of their home. Later that evening, he killed himself.

There was a warrant for his arrest at the time of the July 6 killings. The Franklin County prosecutor won't point fingers, but he hopes to decrease the chances of something like this happening again. Ron O'Brien has invited representatives of his office, the Columbus city attorney's office, the Common Pleas Court and the sheriff's office to a meeting on Friday. “We want to get everyone in the same room, convene everybody who is involved in the process and make sure we're all communicating,” he said. Mrs. Blake's family wants to know why it took almost two weeks for deputies to start looking for Blake and why deputies were looking for him at the wrong house the day before she died.

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