Woman Charged in Husband's Death

Woman Charged in Husband's Death

There are 632 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Apr 3, 2008, titled Woman Charged in Husband's Death. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

A DeKalb County woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing her husband.

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GeorgiaFlorida

Atlanta, GA

#1 Apr 4, 2008
Cliff was a dangerous person. I hope his family can move on in peace.

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RuthAnn

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#2 Apr 5, 2008
Her husband was a psychopath who abused her and had her living in fear.
He brought a hit man home one ttime to see her , with the excuse the man was helping him move some things.

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friend for Cliff

Jacksonville, NC

#4 Apr 6, 2008
First of all I know the so called "HitMan" and he was just a driver helping Cliff move furniture.How do I know this I was there when they got back, it's bogus, but I guess if you unload a gun into a unarmed person you have to come up with something.Also, If cliff was such a dangerous person then why didn't her brother confront him all the times he called Cliff and went to dinner and borrowed things, How come her sister and her husband didn't confront Cliff the time he took them all to his home in the Bahamas, how come her mother didn't confront him the times they were at the house. Why? I'll tell you why because her defense is bull****

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not so anonymous

Phenix City, AL

#5 Apr 7, 2008
5 times, point blank, in the front. We pray that he died instantly and did not wake up.

That's cold blooded murder not self defense. She'll fit right in with the trash in prison. Amen.

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not so anonymous

Phenix City, AL

#6 Apr 7, 2008
RuthAnn wrote:
Her husband was a psychopath who abused her and had her living in fear.
He brought a hit man home one ttime to see her , with the excuse the man was helping him move some things.
Lona was always too dramatic. She lived her life as if she were starring in a soap opera. I felt embarrassed for her, as if she didn't realize how patheticly she behaved. So self-absorbed. She never made any sense. "My husband brought home a 'hit man'," that came straight from a LifeTime movie. Clif loved his little girls too much to get rid of their mother.

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Ohh lala

Alpharetta, GA

#7 Apr 10, 2008
Can we say a possible episode of SNAPPED?
not so anonymous

Phenix City, AL

#8 Apr 12, 2008
There were 100 other comments on this forum. They have been deleted. Wonder why?
RuthAnn

Canada

#9 Apr 12, 2008
not so anonymous

You are posting on two threads. The other has 100 posts
not so anonymous

United States

#10 Apr 15, 2008
How do you find the other thread?
curious

Bolton, Canada

#11 Apr 16, 2008
friend for Cliff wrote:
First of all I know the so called "HitMan" and he was just a driver helping Cliff move furniture.How do I know this I was there when they got back, it's bogus, but I guess if you unload a gun into a unarmed person you have to come up with something.Also, If cliff was such a dangerous person then why didn't her brother confront him all the times he called Cliff and went to dinner and borrowed things, How come her sister and her husband didn't confront Cliff the time he took them all to his home in the Bahamas, how come her mother didn't confront him the times they were at the house. Why? I'll tell you why because her defense is bull****
It sounds like you need to contact the police with your information, how do you know that the hit man and the driver are the same person? You were where when they got back? North Carolina?

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CKB

Springfield, OH

#12 Apr 18, 2008
RE: LONA SCOTT FACTS!

There were about 70 people that showed up at Lona Scott’s Bond Hearing to support her!! The courtroom was full with close to 20 more that were not able to come in due to no more seats available. They were from the community including those from the children’s schools, church, neighbors, friends & family. Some drove from out of state to show their support. Those who paint Lona as a money grabber have been listening to untruths. Lona was most definitely “not materialistic!!!” Did not buy much for herself. She did not even pay to get her hair & nails done. Her priority always was her two daughters. Everyone who truly knew her was aware of that! Only a few years ago, Cliff purchased Lona a used 1999 Mercedes on EBay for $12,000. It arrived in disrepair & he told her to drive it anyway with the children! She refused till it was repaired, meanwhile driving her old car that she had had years before they were married. What any wealthy man would do for his wife & little children right? Their home for the first seven years was the home that Lona owned before their marriage. He made the deal to purchase the larger house on his own. Any large credit card bills were from when he had her, with two babies, do reconstruction on many real estate investments, along with furnishings & decorating. You who make remarks against Lona only know what Cliff has told you. There are always two sides to any situation. Facts are facts & they will come out.

TO EVERYONE WHO READS THESE BLOGS: KEEP AN OPEN MIND & LET THE JUSTICE SYSTEM WORK!

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Jimmy

Jefferson, GA

#13 Apr 19, 2008
A history of domestic violence and then a killing.

This might not be murder. It might be self defense.

I'm a guy but I hate men who beat up on woman.

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curious

Bolton, Canada

#14 Apr 19, 2008
not so anonymous wrote:
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Lona was always too dramatic. She lived her life as if she were starring in a soap opera. I felt embarrassed for her, as if she didn't realize how patheticly she behaved. So self-absorbed. She never made any sense. "My husband brought home a 'hit man'," that came straight from a LifeTime movie. Clif loved his little girls too much to get rid of their mother.
Is everyone Crazy? How can making fun of a woman being "scammed" by her husband about bringing a hit man into the family home where the children live, and making death threats to her be so acceptable to you all. "She's so dramatic", "she knew it was a joke"....That's not what a scam is folks, it is the deliberate deception of a person in order to perpetrate a crime against them. He was going to get his way through a combination of intimidation, violence, and cutting off family funds to support herself and her two young girls.... What does it take, a call in the night to your sisters' home where she lives with your nieces and nephews? It won't be so funny when it's at your families door.He had her hair in his hand, he was not sleeping when all this got out of control that night. You also sound like a jealous person who resented Lona's marriage, how did you want it to work out? How did you think it work out knowing Cliff?

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curious

Bolton, Canada

#15 Apr 21, 2008
not so anonymous wrote:
How do you find the other thread?
You have to type in www.topix.com/forum/source/wxia/T927MLG5TUE05... to find the other thread
another friend

Hiram, GA

#16 Apr 22, 2008
Cliff was never charged with any form of domestic violence, although Lona was known to call 911 after arguments. She also reported the truck driver that worked for him as a hitman, even though she was told that it was a joke. Okay, a bad joke. He also was known for his practical jokes. He gave his brother a "gas mask" for Christmas also. Since she reported things that really had not happened, and the hitman that didn't exist, would she not have made reports of abuse if it had happened? Of course she would, but she didn't, because he had never raised his hand to her. There is no documentation that he ever abused her, yet she shot him numerous times, and she did not have a scratch on her. Hmmm... She was known at times to hit him. She was a 3rd degree black belt while he simply took some classes. He did take away her money at times because he said that her spending was abusive. One purse was $1,500.00. That is ridiculous. She would get mad when he complained about credit cards with a $50,000.00 balance on them (three times!). He said that she had an "entitled" attitude towards his money. They had spent since November of 2006 in divorce court, yet couldn't agree on anything since her financial demands were so huge. He was leaving town with his money for six months so that the house would forclose, and then he planned to return. The house payment was $7,000.00! He didn't want to get stuck with that! He was killed only days before leaving. Hmmm... Sounds like an execution to me. If he lived, she would get nothing, since she killed him, she stands to get millions.

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listener

Cumming, GA

#17 Apr 23, 2008
If someone was trying to shoot me, I'd have their hair in my hands too! She unloaded 9 bullets in to this guy. I think Another Friend has a point. Lona didn't have to take him out... but gaining no money was her worst fear. She could have shot him 3,4,5 times and slowed him dramatically... but ALL 9: chest and head. Dang!...that's nuts. HE earned his money on his own. She was not entitled to it. Plus, since when does someone introduce the Hitman to the potential target and remotely think anyone would see it as real. Good Lord, let's see what the driver says in court. Testimony says Cliff was known as a practial joker.

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A friend

Marietta, GA

#18 Apr 23, 2008
A tragic case of murder. She will spend the rest of her life in prison where she belongs with all the othe rlow lifes.

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Violence Survivor

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#19 Apr 24, 2008
It would appear that for many who are unfamiliar with the overwhelming evidence regarding batterers and their victims , a woman must die in order to substantiate the domestic violence they have suffered. It is not unusual in these situations for women to be unjustly charged with a crime themselves and thereby lose their own freedom and security when they report violence by their husband or partner.It is also statistically an extremely dangerous period when a victim of domestic violence seeks to leave, get official help, or when they defend themselves.
This was also the case with rape under the common law and during the vast majority of American legal history- until relatively recently, women had to show that they fought their attacker(s)with proof of either substantial physical injury or death, or their claims of rape were discounted. Violent abusers know how to hurt and intimidate their victims in ways that they can explain or can be hidden.
In many Muslim countries, women suffer violence even unto death, and can be punished severely by the authorities if they report rape or domestic violence. It is unacceptable that the vestiges of paternalism and the devaluation of women can still be promulgated in the modern United States.
Whether a domestic violence victim dies, or her violent attacker is hurt or killed, the current state of affairs breeds tragedy. The system must change , affording greater legal and police protection to victims, and more serious penalties for violent abusers.

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Since: Apr 08

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#20 Apr 25, 2008
friend for Cliff wrote:
First of all I know the so called "HitMan" and he was just a driver helping Cliff move furniture.How do I know this I was there when they got back, it's bogus, but I guess if you unload a gun into a unarmed person you have to come up with something.Also, If cliff was such a dangerous person then why didn't her brother confront him all the times he called Cliff and went to dinner and borrowed things, How come her sister and her husband didn't confront Cliff the time he took them all to his home in the Bahamas, how come her mother didn't confront him the times they were at the house. Why? I'll tell you why because her defense is bull****
Involving the family of a victim of abuse can be a mistake. Many victims hide the abuse from there immediate family, for fear of the confrontation to the abuser from the family members. Confronting "Cliff" about abusing "Lona" could possibly have had detrimental ramifications for her. Wether they were aware of the abuse, and chose to remain silent at Lona's request, or they were not aware due to her fears, the choice not to confront and in rage a abuser is smart. As for all the comments about her getting his money, and him wanting to take it with him and leave, so that they foreclose on the home?? Isn't this the same home that HIS children live in?? He wanted to leave his children homeless and poor, just to spite his soon to be X-wife?? Sounds like a great guy to me! As for him making all the money, well ya!! That's what happens when as a COUPLE, you decide to have the mother stay home and raise the children full time. HER income goes away, and you need to rely on only one income, HIS! As for her trapping him, I take personal resentment to that comment. Just because a woman gets pregnant before marriage, that doesn't mean she trapped anyone!! This is not the 1800's here! He had free will, and free will was a choice to marry the woman he claimed to love at the time. If he didn't love her and didn't want to marry her at that time, he didn't have to. Being a honorable man doesn't mean you have to marry the woman. It just means you need to step up and take responsibility for your CHILD! If he was really that unhappy with her, and so trapped as some have stated, then why the second child?? You can't force a man to have sex! You can force a woman although. If he loved his children as much as some of you have said, then why would he have ever jeopardized his children's home with a 10 year affair!

Last thought to leave you with. How much really do you know, personally about abused woman and their pattern of behaviors?? How much do you know about the pattern of behavior of a abusive husband? Educate your self first, then pass judgement. I am not saying he deserved to Die, but unfortunately abusive violent behavior usually ends in some one fatality! Just because she was a blackbelt doesn't mean she had the mental strength to fight back.

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another friend

Hiram, GA

#21 Apr 25, 2008
Well, it is the sympathies of people like you and the unfortunate ones that really were abused that she is counting on. Unfortunately, many women really are abused and are trapped in fear and their circumstances. They really should be supported. In this particular case, none of this applies. This is a case of "Black Widow". She was in no way abused or trapped. He used to say "get a job", but she wouldn't. He wouldn't have cared if she left. The house you are talking about was over 1.5 million dollars. She could certainly live somewhere else. She also has plenty of family. She also has a brand new Mercedes. So she wasn't without transportation. In fact, it wasn't fear that kept her there, it was the money. She wasn't about to leave that lifestyle. If a person were really afraid, money wouldn't keep them there. As far as the children are concerned, they would have plenty of family to depend on for six months while the house forclosed. They also have trust funds that were set up by Dad long ago.
This woman hopes to get enough sympathy from people through her undocumented false claims to get away with shooting him six times.
Actually, a large cash settlement convinced her to stop the last divorce that was filed. You would think that she would have taken the cash and then left if she were abused. Actually, it simply defined her values about the situation a little more clearly.
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Involving the family of a victim of abuse can be a mistake. Many victims hide the abuse from there immediate family, for fear of the confrontation to the abuser from the family members. Confronting "Cliff" about abusing "Lona" could possibly have had detrimental ramifications for her. Wether they were aware of the abuse, and chose to remain silent at Lona's request, or they were not aware due to her fears, the choice not to confront and in rage a abuser is smart. As for all the comments about her getting his money, and him wanting to take it with him and leave, so that they foreclose on the home?? Isn't this the same home that HIS children live in?? He wanted to leave his children homeless and poor, just to spite his soon to be X-wife?? Sounds like a great guy to me! As for him making all the money, well ya!! That's what happens when as a COUPLE, you decide to have the mother stay home and raise the children full time. HER income goes away, and you need to rely on only one income, HIS! As for her trapping him, I take personal resentment to that comment. Just because a woman gets pregnant before marriage, that doesn't mean she trapped anyone!! This is not the 1800's here! He had free will, and free will was a choice to marry the woman he claimed to love at the time. If he didn't love her and didn't want to marry her at that time, he didn't have to. Being a honorable man doesn't mean you have to marry the woman. It just means you need to step up and take responsibility for your CHILD! If he was really that unhappy with her, and so trapped as some have stated, then why the second child?? You can't force a man to have sex! You can force a woman although. If he loved his children as much as some of you have said, then why would he have ever jeopardized his children's home with a 10 year affair!
Last thought to leave you with. How much really do you know, personally about abused woman and their pattern of behaviors?? How much do you know about the pattern of behavior of a abusive husband? Educate your self first, then pass judgement. I am not saying he deserved to Die, but unfortunately abusive violent behavior usually ends in some one fatality! Just because she was a blackbelt doesn't mean she had the mental strength to fight back.

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