To most outsiders, nothing seemed amiss between Lisa Mederos and J.T. Ready in Gilbert, Az., says the Arizona Republic. Behind closed doors, friends say, Ready was cruel and controlling, once pouring a bottle of water over her head because it was the wrong brand and another time ordering Mederos’ beloved daughters to find new homes. Despite outside appearances, Mederos, 47, was a domestic-violence victim, Gilbert police said.
She had called police twice about domestic violence, the first time in February, when she reportedly complained that Ready had choked her six months earlier, police said. The report went nowhere, police said, because they had no probable cause for an arrest. The second time would be her last: She called police in the moments before she and three other members of her household were slain Wednesday. Ready, the suspected shooter, killed himself, police said. Ready, 39, was a gun-toting member of the far-right National Socialist Movement who wore fatigues around the house, amassed a grenade stockpile and led armed vigilante patrols to the border.