HUDSON, Ohio-- Investigators say there was a history of domestic violence before a man and his wife were found dead in a Hudson home.
Police were called to a house on Ravenna Road on Saturday after a teenage boy discovered the bodies of his mother and father inside. Authorities said 42-year-old Kristi Kennedy Bice was shot to death by her estranged husband, 53-year-old Stephen Bice. He then took his own life.
Kristi's brother, who asked that he not be identified, said there had been a history of trouble in the home.
"My sister had told multiple family members and coworkers that she thought that he was going to kill her. We had begged her; I begged her to come stay with me," he told FOX 8 News.
Kristi and Stephen Bice had been married for 22 years, but they had recently separated and she was filing for divorce. They had three sons together, including a child with autism.
"They were her world. I mean, that's probably one of the biggest reasons she didn't leave long ago is because she did everything to protect those boys. And I mean, they tried to do everything to protect their mother as well," Kristi's brother said.
Family members said Stephen Bice was arrested in January for domestic violence. Kristi Bice requested and was granted a civil protection order.
Stow Municipal Court records show Stephen Bice was arrested later that month for violating the court order, but trying to contact his estranged wife numerous times.
Kristi's brother said in February, court officials asked her to allow Stephen Bice to plead guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. She reluctantly agreed.
"I know that my sister felt trapped. I know there's a lot of other domestic violence victims that feel trapped and they feel like they have nobody. I think we, especially as the state of Ohio, could do more to try to help the victims. And try to let them know that they have outlets and maybe do better on, you know, keeping track of the suspects," the victim's brother said.