According to reports, victim Tirany Savage attempted to get a PPO against her abusive spouse Bo, but Judge Troy B. Daniel ruled against her.
A Michigan family was found dead in what seems to be a murder-suicide just days after a judge apparently denied a protection order for one of the family members.
Deputies from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Roscommon Township residence on Sunday, July 10, after two people contacted 911 to report finding four bodies inside. Tirany Savage, 35, her son Dayton Cowdret, 13, Tirany’s mother Kim Lynnette Ebright, 58, and Tirany’s husband Bo Eugene Savage, 35, were all found dead in the home when police arrived at around 3.30 a.m.
At the scene, all of the victims were found to have been shot many times and proclaimed dead.
Since Bo Savage’s death was the sole apparent suicide, authorities on Friday, July 15 suspected he was the shooter. Three of the deaths were ruled murders. In addition, officials determined that the weapon used in the shootings was legally bought and was registered to Bo Savage. Reports in People magazine suggested marital problems after the publication got court documents.
On June 24, Tirany allegedly petitioned the 34th Circuit Court in Michigan for a personal protection order (PPO) against Bo, alleging that Bo was experiencing mental health issues.
“I filed for divorce today after dealing with my husband’s affair. He became verbally violent & keeps throwing his fist like he is going to hit me & calling me a c—, whore, piece of s— & told me I will need a PPO because I have no idea what I just started,” she wrote. “I asked him to be civil for a divorce & asked him to leave house & he refuses. I left & have been getting text accusing me of being with other people & he has now been texting my friends threatening them because he thinks they told me to leave him. He has mental health issues (he stopped taking his meds) and recently purchased a firearm, and that is concerning to me,” Tirany explained, ominously adding, “He keeps saying he is going to blow his brains out, and I do not want my safety or my son’s safety in jeopardy.”
Tirany’s divorce attorney Nancy Gallagher told NBC News on Friday that Bo’s behavior had appeared to grow increasingly hostile as she tried to leave him, noting he became “more manipulative, more controlling,” as time passed. However, Judge Troy B Daniel denied Tirany’s request on June 27, just three days after she filed for the PPO. According to Daniel, there was “insufficient evidence of a showing of immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage. Petitioner can request a restraining order in divorce case.”
That said, it’s unclear if the victim appealed the decision, which came less than a fortnight before her tragic death.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many friends and family who have been devastated by this loss,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Roscommon County contained wonderful, close-knit communities who rally around those who are struggling and in need. We encourage the people of this community to show their love and support to the many people who have been devastated by this horrific and senseless tragedy.”
Gallagher told NBC News that she was impressed with her client because she “was a single mom who was a survivor of domestic violence and put herself through nursing school.” The heartbroken lawyer added, “She had so much going for her and she was just doing so well in so many ways. I want it to be known — she wasn’t somebody making terrible decisions.”