As many of you know, I was married to Wendell Cofer for 21 years. He divorced me for his girlfriend, a woman named Vanessa. We had 5 children together. During our marriage, I was a stay at home mom except for the last couple of years when I took a series of jobs working for District Attorney Joe Mulholland. I was Joe's Projects and Communications Director and his Campaign Manager. I also worked for 5 days as Joe's Victim Services Director. I lost the last job after Wendell and I separated. Since I had no money to hire an attorney, Wendell was able to take over 100 acres of land that had been in my family for 4 generations. Although he made over 80,000 dollars per year, he got away with paying only $250 per month in child support. He lived in the house I grew up in (that my father built) for over a year and a half when my parents were finally able to evict him. I was living in my car for a good portion of this time and on the charity of other people for the remainder. I went hungry while this jackass lived sumptuously at my and my children's expense. Today, we are being fed by foodstamps.
I am now an ordained minister who takes in orphans and the homeless, and I try to help the poor and those addicted to drugs and alcohol. I live in the house my father built. Were it not for Dale and Betty Rackley, I don't know what I would do.
I unwisely married a man named Bobby. On August 18, at about 4:30am, I was awakened out of sleep by a slap to my face. Bobby had been in the garage when I went to bed and usually, he was always behaved unless he had been drinking. The man reeked of beer. A struggle ensued as this man began punching me and holding me down on the bed. I screamed my children awake by yelling, "GET OFF ME GET OFF ME GET OFF ME!"
My youngest child, Abigail, came flying into the room and saw me fighting for life. I fought with all of my might and watched this man grab my daughter (she is 12) and shove her out of the way. I grabbed my phone and called 911. Wiley Griffin's deputies showed up, interviewed I and my children, and refused to make an arrest. They escorted Bobby to his father's house.
I called Wendell and Wiley to demand an explanation and they sneeringly told me that there was a warrant out for MY arrest. Seriously? A woman is not allowed to defend herself and her children? If I had a pattern of violent behavior or if I had been drinking and started the fight, I could understand their rationale. Many times over the last 4 years Wendell has told me that he is going to put me in jail. This is well know by my children and family. He is using his badge for personal vengeance and he knows that I am poor. I have called everyone I know to advertise this corruption and put an end to this evil.
I have been told that I will have to "turn myself in" to "Wendell's jail." The man who hurt me and my daughter has fled. I will not. This county needs to rise up and remove these evil men from their positions. Wendell knows that I got an attorney to sue him for a reasonable amount of child support and that is why he has set this up to take me out of the way and destroy my reputation. His god is money and power. I will take both of his gods away from him.