High conflict divorce creates a significant amount of stress on everyone involved. While ending a relationship is not supposed to be easy, too much conflict can lead to all sorts of problems, including murders. One of the main reasons why high conflict divorce becomes so problematic is that experts and attorneys purposely ramp up the conflict.
In Arizona, there is a man linked to killing six people over the span of several days in Arizona. It now appears that the victims were connected to the divorce of the suspect.
The suspect, Dwight Lamon Jones, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This was after Jones allegedly fired at officers and was gassed.
Jones went through a divorce in 2011 with his wife. There were a variety of fights over child custody issues as well as money. Records showed that Jones was mandated to go through psychiatric evaluation therapy. Dr. Steven Pitt, a well-known psychologist, was one of the first people order to evaluate the suspect. He is also the first of the murder victims to be connected to Jones according to officials.
Pitt was killed outside of his office in Phoenix on Thursday night. Eyewitnesses heard Pitt arguing with someone outside, which was quickly followed by gunshots.
The next two victims allegedly connected to Jones were paralegals at a law firm. One of the partners at the law office was responsible for representing Jones’ wife during the divorce. According to the police, Jones visited the law firm with the intent to kill.
The fourth victim in the killings was a life coach by the name of Marshall Levine. This person was killed just after midnight on Saturday. Jones’ son was ordered to visit a psychiatrist as part of the divorce. The psychiatrist works in the same office building as Levine. Unfortunately, it seems Levine was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time as opposed to being an intended target.
Pitt, the two paralegals, and Levine were all killed with the same gun. Additionally, Jones’ DNA was found on a shell casing from the same weapon.
The final two victims, a man and a woman, were killed in Fountain Hills on Monday just after midnight. This happened just hours before the suspect killed himself. It is unclear yet as to how they are connected to Jones but police feel as though it’s only a matter of time.
There were a lot of issues with the case that led to such a problem. Not only did Dwight Jones go through a high-conflict divorce, he was also upset about the child custody battles. He felt he had to do something and he had the means in which to take action, despite being sent for a psychological assessment.
It’s not the first time that murders have occurred as a result of a high conflict (and high stress) divorce.
On CustodyWars there was also the story of a murder-suicide in Austin, Texas. The custody case attorney and therapist of Alex Jones was working on a case that involved a high conflict custody battle. It ended when the father who was involved in the custody battle murdered his nine-year-old daughter and then committed suicide.
A high conflict divorce is not good for anyone. While it allows the attorneys to get more press when there is more drama, it doesn’t help anyone who is actually involved with the outcomes. Couples need to learn to remove some of the stressors and work through the issue. A parent shouldn’t be under so much stress that they take the life of one of their own children or anyone else for that matter.
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