DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The sister of a woman stabbed to death in Denham Springs said she won't rest until justice is served.
She said for years authorities neglected to properly protect her sister, but police say, under the law, they've done nothing wrong.
Sharon Lee, 53, saw her sister, 52-year-old Gwendolyn Thomas, go in and out of what she calls a violent and painful relationship. Now, she will never see her sister do anything ever again.
"He was terrorizing my sister," said Lee. "She was running and screaming for her life, and he was behind her with the knife."
Lee said police could have better protected her sister from her accused killer, 52-year-old Kent Scott. He is charged with second-degree murder after police say he stabbed Thomas to death last week at her Denham Springs home.
"He came into my sister's house with a weapon, with intent to kill her, to do bodily harm," said Lee.
Lee said that warrants a first-degree murder charge. But police say, following the criminal code, a second-degree murder charge is appropriate.
The couple's domestic abuse history goes back over a decade. Speaking with Denham Springs PD last week, investigators told 9News that Scott was most recently arrested for attacking Thomas back in April.
9News reported last week that Cpl. Glenn Lemoine with Denham Springs Police said Thomas never filed a restraining order against Scott, but Lee said she did.
Cpl. Lemoine said only a temporary restraining order was put in place. And if Thomas wanted a protective order long-term, she needed to fill out the paperwork.
Police add that all of their actions have been "appropriate," and while Scott was arrested dozens of times before, they can't stop anyone from posting bail. That explains why Scott was allowed to walk free in many cases and, in Lee's words, stalk her sister, ultimately to her grave.
"My sister had two sons. They have to live now without their mom," said Lee. "Everybody's sorry now. It's too late. My sister's gone."
Scott is locked up in the Livingston Parish Prison on $150,000 bond.