Alissa and Brent Blanton were married on August 15. They were high school sweethearts in Missouri. She was cheerleading captain and homecoming queen at DeSoto High School. She dreamed of becoming a teacher. She planned to graduate from college this summer. At her memorial service, the pastor said:
What she had on the inside was more precious and beautiful than what we even saw on the outside. She was a young lady who loved people, brought a spark of joy and happiness to everyone she encountered, and loved life.
WFTV reported that the memorial video to honor Alissa, the Missouri girl who was lured to Florida’s beaches, ended with the words “miss you” written on the sand.
Like many college coeds, she got a job in 2008 as a waitress to pay her way through school. She worked at the Merritt Island, Florida Hooters. One of her customers was Roger “BeachBull” Troy, a creepy 61-year-old pit bull predator who was a regular at the restaurant. The Orlando Sentinel reported:
. . .he thought he deserved more of her attention after he spent money at the restaurant and on tips.
As you can see, Alissa Goedecke [her maiden name] was a gorgeous 23-year-old woman. Troy was old enough to be her grandfather. He followed her to her car at the end of her shift.
When she reported his unwelcome advances to her supervisor, his obsession with her escalated. Ultimately, she quit her job in a futile attempt to distance herself from Troy. She moved to Orlando, got a new job, and lived in hiding. Troy found her and continued to stalk her.
After their marriage in August, the couple bought a house in Port St. John which is in Brevard County. The stalking continued. After her husband found a four page letter from Troy on their lawn, the couple decided it was time to get an order of protection. According to WFTV, which has been on this story like a dog on a bone:
Florida Statute 784.048 defines stalking as willfully, maliciously and repeatedly following, harassing or cyberstalking another person and defines harassing as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose.
Their legal expert Bill Sheaffer explained the statute requires two incidents of stalking in the prior six months.
70 Pages of Evidence Isn’t Enough for Judge Moxley
WFTV posted a PDF of Mrs. Blanton’s application for a protection order. It includes evidence of stalking and an obsessive fixation over a two year period:
- The four-page letter left on the Blanton’s lawn and sent by certified mail. The Blantons reported it to the Brevard County Sheriff.
- 64 pages of harassing e-mail messages, letters, and phone calls between September 9, 2008 through February 1 (the date of the petition). They include numerous admissions of stalking behavior including seeing her at stores and the beach and driving by her house. The frequency of the e-mail messages escalated about a month before Mrs. Blanton filed her petition.
- Details of how Troy came to Mrs. Blanton’s place of employment at the AT&T call center in Orlando and blocked her in her car.
- Reports to the sheriffs of Orange and Brevard County.
- Troy had an aresenal of guns.
- Ms. Goedecke quit her job at Hooters in a futile attempt to evade Troy’s obsessive fixation on her.
- The couple had relocated twice and lived in hiding in a futile attempt to evade Troy’s stalking behavior.
Mr. Sheaffer believes the evidence was clearly there. I agree. Judge Moxley had no legal theory or even a factual basis to support his decision to deny Mrs. Blanton’s request for a protection order.
One week later, Troy came to Mrs. Blanton’s place of employment shortly after she had lunch with her husband. When Troy confronted her, she called her husband for help. He called 9-1-1 and rushed to try to rescue his wife from her stalker.
But, he was too late. Troy shot her several times in the parking lot before killing himself. As his wife lay bleeding, the 9-1-1 operator could hear him say:
Baby, I love you. Keep breathing. Oh my God. Come on, baby!
She passed away at the hospital.
Florida Judicial System Circles the Wagons
WFTV reported that Brevard County Chief Judge J. Preston Silvernail said that all the harassing e-mail messages would not necessarily indicate stalking.
Judge Moxley had the arrogant audacity to tell the Orlando Sentinel:
As a judge you have to follow the law. You’re not omniscient. God bless her soul.
Orange County Circuit Judge Cynthia Mackinnon in the same arrogant vein suggested that if domestic violence advocates don’t like the law that they need to raise concerns to legislators. Florida law requires judges to set a hearing unless there is no “immediate and present danger” of domestic violence.
WFTV reported than only 1/4 of the 5,000 orders of protection sought in Orange County were granted last year.
The evidence in Mrs. Blanton’s case was absolutely overwhelming that she was in immediate and present danger. Any judge who can’t see this has no business being on the bench.
WFTV is so incensed that they provide a link for viewers to e-mail the court to protest. The e-mail address:
Judge Moxley Accused of Being Soft on Criminals
WFTV, which has done an awesome job of investigative journalism, obtained a document from the Judicial Qualifications Commission that Judge Moxley is under review over a complaint made in another case. He has been accused of making a ruling in that case without thoroughly reviewing the case file. Apparently, this isn’t the first time he has been accused of being soft on crime:
- Career criminal Steven Lunn said in May, 2003: “I like Moxley. He knows me. I got a problem, he’ll take care of it.”
- Moxley released violent criminal Derrick Henderson in February, 2003 on his signature days before he was to go to prison for six years. He disappeared.
- Moxley lowered an accused child molester’s bond so he could get out of jail after being accused of stalking 12- and 13-year-old girls.
Judge Moxley has been on the bench for 25 years. He was re-elected in 2008 without opposition. He is up for re-election in 2014. He makes $142,000/year.
If This Makes You Livid. . .
Uppity Woman has suggested on her blog that we start a movement to get Judge Moxley off the bench. I agree.
In the state of Florida, judges can be removed via: 1) impeachment by the FL House of Representatives, or 2) by the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Complaints to the Commission must be in writing:
Judicial Qualifications Commission
1110 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone (850) 488-1581
J. Preston Silvernail
Moore Justice Center
2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
Finally, if you really want to be a burr in Judge Moxley’s saddle, you can contact his administrative assistant LOLA MERRICK at 264-6759. The Brevard County’s judge’s directory didn’t give an area code. I’m assuming it is probably 321.