An indictment is handed down to the Taylor County man charged with beating and killing his girlfriend. Her community held a vigil in her honor and the more than three women murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day.
"I was cut and stabbed over 31 times and lived to talk about it."
Stabbed multiple times by her boyfriend in 2000, Dianna Mills still needs help as she walks up the Taylor County Courthouse steps. She's determined anyhow to share her message at the Refuge House's candlelight vigil to stop domestic violence.
Dianna Mills added, "If you're in a situation like this, get out of it. After the first hit, get out of it because they will tell you they love you, they're sorry, and they'll never do it again, but the next time it's even worse."
Hours before the vigil, Ken Thomley got indicted on second degree murder for killing Pamela Padgett. He is accused of beating Padgett into a coma at their home September 16.
Three days later she was taken off of life support. Her family and friends attended the vigil.
Tommie Jean Corbin, Pamela Padgett's mother, said, "My daughter was a sweet person. She loved young ones and old people. She would give you the shirt off of her back. For her to have died like this, it just was not right. It needs to stop."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Vigil organizers say they hope the crowd remembers the message behind the songs, testimonies, and tears for a lifetime.
This was the first candlelight vigil for the Taylor County Refuge House since the county's last domestic violence fatality in 2003.