Updated: Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 6:04 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 6:04 PM CDT
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Wednesday, Mobile Police were still searching for a man who they say killed his wife outside a West Mobile bank Tuesday night.
Investigators say Wendy Stevens and her four children, ranging in ages from 3 to 14, were at the drive-up ATM at the RBC Bank near Cottage Hill and Schillinger in Mobile. Investigators said Stevens' husband, Michael Berry, followed them there, and shot Stevens to death in front of her children.
Stevens and Berry were scheduled to be in Domestic Relations Court Wednesday morning.
Stevens' attorney, Michael Murphy, said the couple had been married for 10 years. But this past January, she filed for divorce because she was concerned for her safety. The attorney said in March, Berry started stalking and harassing his wife, and it didn't stop even after a restraining order was put in place.
"I had filed a motion in the domestic relations case to have Mr. Berry incarcerated for violating the protection from abuse order that was issued by the juvenile court and transferred to domestic relations court that she had obtained against him for him threatening her and stalking her and so on," said Michael Murphy.
A few weeks ago, Berry was arrested in Orange Beach for violating the abuse order. Near that time, Murphy also said Berry tried to pull his wife out of her vehicle.
"He attempted to attack her while she was in her vehicle and she had tried to mace him," Murphy said.
Neighbors said they saw Berry's truck at Stevens' house several times over the past few weeks.
"I saw him about two weeks ago. He had his little boy and he was parked about a half block from her house and he told me he was going through a divorce, he said he went over there to get his little son some clothes, they were going to the picture show," said neighbor Tommy Simmons.
The couple had two kids together. The victim's other two children are from a previous marriage.
All four of them will now have to grow up without their mother.
"I just can't believe it and I just feel for the children. I just can't believe someone would do that to any human being, but much less the mother of their children and have their children witness it. That's just horrible, horrible," said another neighbor who did not want to be identified.
Wendy Stevens did spend some time in Penelope House, which is a place for abused women and children.
Murphy says Stevens was trying to work out a cordial divorce on the grounds of incompatibility.
Berry had not been arrested as of Wednesday, but authorities were looking for him in Citronelle where he recently moved. If you know where he is, call Mobile Police at 251-208-7211.