Domestic disputes a danger to family, law enforcement alike

Published: Dec. 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM CST
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According to officials, domestic dispute cases are often very dangerous and hard to prosecute....
According to officials, domestic dispute cases are often very dangerous and hard to prosecute. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The death of a 36-year-old man in Huntsville Wednesday night is an example of the danger involved to family members and law enforcement during domestic disputes.

A family fight over money is what police said contributed to a stabbing death on Brookmeade Street.

Paul Bouldin died during a struggle for a knife. Police say Bouldin kicked in the door and started attacking his mom after she refused to give him money.

Bouldin's step-father got involved and all three were taken to the hospital. That is where Bouldin was pronounced dead.

The case is considered a domestic dispute because it involved three family members.

A Huntsville police investigator who handles violent domestic violence cases says that, unfortunately, his workload does increase around the holidays.

Investigator Kelvin Minton says each domestic violence case is different, but the common denominator is that it is usually difficult to figure out and make arrests.

In many cases, a victim is afraid or not ready to leave the situation.

Minton says domestic calls are also some of the most dangerous calls they respond to, mainly because there are so many unknowns.

"The lines are fuzzy because you are dealing with people in their homes," Minton explained. "It is usually the two of them present and no witnesses. Also, people in violent offenses will strike out to defend themselves. And without the benefit of witnesses we have to determine who was the agressor and who was the person defending themselves."

No charges have been filed at this point in the Bouldin case, and investigators don't think there will be.

However, they said they won't know for sure until the autopsy results come back.

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