Florida woman arrested in fatal shooting of stepfather, 8-year-old daughter

Florida woman arrested in fatal shooting of stepfather, 8-year-old daughter

Florida woman arrested in fatal shooting of stepfather, 8-year-old daughter

Taylor has obtained several restraining orders against her husband in the past, she told police.

"Ms. Irby was seeking help from the Lakeland Police Department and taking action to protect herself and her children", wrote Eskamani, in the letter to Polk County State Attorney Brian Haas.

Orr said the State Attorney's Office typically decides on whether to prosecute a case within 20 days after an arrest.

The Lakeland Ledger said Irby had sought a temporary injunction against her husband and they were in the process of getting a divorce.

Lucie police say Alyssa Marie Torres shot and killed Felix Rivera, 54, and her young daughter at the Waterleaf Townhomes Apartments.

"For this to happen and for them to say it's her, I can't wrap my head around it, what would push her to do this to her own family", McLendon told the outlet.

Police then contacted Irby's husband, who was being held at the Polk County Jail for the previous day's incident, and he informed officers that he wanted to file charges against his wife, according to WKMG. Joseph Irby was spending one day in jail at the time, accused of ramming into her auto after a June 14 divorce hearing. Irby's vehicle allegedly was rear-ended by the vehicle of her husband, who was attempting to run her off the road while she was on the phone with police. "So I went to his apartment, since he is in jail, and I searched his apartment for the guns I knew he had and I took them", Courtney told police.

She was later located and arrested at around 10:30 a.m., just eight miles from where the shooting took place, Henkel continued.

Irby's attorney, Lawrence Shearer, did not immediately return a request for comment; nor did Robert Peddy, Joseph Irby's lawyer.

Both Courtney and Joseph have since bonded out of the Polk County Jail. She said she has been in communication with Irby's friends and hopes to set up a meeting with the woman soon. She did not believe Joseph would comply with the judge's order, and she said she remained in fear for her life. Morgan later said he had learned that another law firm is handling her case.

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