MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Wednesday, Mobile Police were still searching for a man who theysay killed his wife outside a West Mobile bank Tuesday night.
Investigators say Wendy Stevens and her four children, rangingin ages from 3 to 14, were at the drive-up ATM at the RBC Bank nearCottage Hill and Schillinger in Mobile. Investigators said Stevens'husband, Michael Berry, followed them there, and shot Stevens todeath in front of her children.
Stevens and Berry were scheduled to be in Domestic RelationsCourt Wednesday morning.
Stevens' attorney, Michael Murphy, said the couple had beenmarried for 10 years. But this past January, she filed for divorcebecause she was concerned for her safety. The attorney said inMarch, Berry started stalking and harassing his wife, and it didn'tstop 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 orderthat was issued by the juvenile court and transferred to domesticrelations court that she had obtained against him for himthreatening her and stalking her and so on," said MichaelMurphy.
A few weeks ago, Berry was arrested in Orange Beach forviolating the abuse order. Near that time, Murphy also said Berrytried to pull his wife out of her vehicle.
"He attempted to attack her while she was in her vehicle and shehad tried to mace him," Murphy said.
Neighbors said they saw Berry's truck at Stevens' house severaltimes over the past few weeks.
"I saw him about two weeks ago. He had his little boy and he wasparked about a half block from her house and he told me he wasgoing through a divorce, he said he went over there to get hislittle son some clothes, they were going to the picture show," saidneighbor Tommy Simmons.
The couple had two kids together. The victim's other twochildren are from a previous marriage.
All four of them will now have to grow up without theirmother.
"I just can't believe it and I just feel for the children. Ijust can't believe someone would do that to any human being, butmuch less the mother of their children and have their childrenwitness it. That's just horrible, horrible," said another neighborwho did not want to be identified.
Wendy Stevens did spend some time in Penelope House, which is aplace for abused women and children.
Murphy says Stevens was trying to work out a cordial divorce onthe grounds of incompatibility.
Berry had not been arrested as of Wednesday, but authoritieswere looking for him in Citronelle where he recently moved. If youknow where he is, call Mobile Police at 251-208-7211.
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