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Estranged wife kills jealous husband, November 22, 1958



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1958_1123_raines Roy Wesley Raines was born in Alabama in 1906 and died on a Burbank street in 1958, killed by his estranged wife, Mary Katherine, with a .22 rifle after he ignored a warning shot. 

They had been in court earlier that day, when Mary sought a restraining order against him. In return, he asked for a week's extension so he could get an attorney to help settle the custody of their 4-year-old boy.

That night, Roy went to 250 W. Spazier Ave., where Mary and a 12-year-old son from a previous marriage were living with Thomas Kennedy, described in news accounts as a boarder and a boyfriend. 

Leaving their 4-year-old asleep in the backseat of his car, Roy rang the bell and confronted Kennedy. As the men fought in the frontyard, Roy beat Kennedy in the head with a pipe wrench.

Mary's 12-year-old son got the single-shot .22-caliber rifle from the den. She took it from him and fired a warning shot into the air. The boy reloaded the rifle and handed it to his mother. When Roy knocked Kennedy to the ground and came after Mary, she fired again. She told a coroner's jury that she aimed over his head, but she killed him.

She was taken to jail. The older boy was held in protective custody at Juvenile Hall while the 4-year-old was placed with relatives. Kennedy was found badly beaten, dazed and wandering several blocks away and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. 

On Nov. 26, 1958, the coroner's jury returned with a verdict: justifiable homicide.

 
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