PICKERINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — A mother of two is no longer charged with homicide after the death of her husband, according to the Fairfield County Municipal Court.
Angela Luke had been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated vehicular homicide.
The prosecution invoked nolle prosequi, meaning they will no longer prosecute because the case requires further investigation. They can refile at a later date.
According to a 17-minute 9-1-1 call, her husband Daniel was beating the Pickerington school teacher. She allegedly tried to drive away from him, running over him and killing him. The couple’s 12-year-old daughter made the frantic call to emergency responders.
Sheriff David Phalen said he did not know charges would be dismissed.
“I had no knowledge that was going to happen, he said, adding that the investigation is still ongoing
“The prosecutors indicated that it will be within 30 days.”
This case has once again brought the subject of domestic violence into the forefront.
“It’s interesting to me that a woman who was a survivor of domestic violence and her escape leading to violence that that is newsworthy” said Sue Wismar, with the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio.
“More-so than the over three women every week who are murdered at the hands of their partner. When we consider self defense, it is that your life is in jeopardy. And for us to determine what is acceptable behavior to get out of self defense, we need to understand the real threat and I think that we have a limited understanding of how pervasive and terrorizing domestic violence is in nature.”
Today at the Ohio Statehouse, legislators met to discuss further laws to protect victims of domestic violence.
“It brings awareness of the problem and it raises awareness that there’s still a lot of work yet to be done” said Nancy Neylon with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. “We’ve come a long way and made a lot of changes in laws and policies, we’ve created a lot of programs for preventions to victims.”
OhioHealth has a hotline for domestic violence victims; the number is 614-267-7020.