Scott McAlpin of San Francisco stalked, harassed, and threatened his former girlfriend for three years. Now McAlpin, 24, is accused of murdering her, but he never served in prison despite eight felony convictions of domestic violence, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. McAlpin was on probation stemming from his multiple acts of domestic violence against the woman. He was under a court order to attend a yearlong domestic violence program as well as monthly court evaluations before a judge. He missed the past two meetings.
A judge freed him from jail last week after “he claimed his grandmother was seriously ill,” a prosecutor said. Critics said the woman’s death is symptomatic of larger problems that plague the system aimed at stopping domestic violence. Beverly Upton of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium called the treatment of McAlpin over the years lenient and said it shows that courts can be as vulnerable as victims. “Judges need to know that the same charm that worked on the victim can work on them,” she said.