Four family members found DEAD in apparent murder-suicide after judge refused protection order
ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN: A Michigan family died in an apparent murder-suicide just days after a judge reportedly refused one of the members a protection order.
The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office revealed in a press release that deputies responded to a Roscommon Township home after two individuals called 911 to report the discovery of four bodies on Sunday, July 10. Authorities arrived at the residence at around 3.30 am and found the bodies of Tirany Savage, 35; her son Dayton Cowdret, 13; Tirany’s mother Kim Lynnette Ebright, 58; and Tirany’s husband Bo Eugene Savage, 35. All were pronounced dead at the scene after having been shot to death.
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“All subjects had known relationships, and the incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide,” the sheriff’s office said in the release. “At this time, investigators have found no indication of any other suspects involved in this incident,” the release further read.
Officials indicated on Friday, July 15, that Bo Savage was the suspect in the shooting as his was the only death that appeared to be a suicide. The other three were classified as homicides. Furthermore, authorities later found that the firearm used in the shootings was registered to Bo Savage and had been obtained legally. Court documents obtained by People indicated there may have been trouble in the marriage. Tirany is said to have filed a petition with the 34th Circuit Court in Michigan on June 24, seeking a personal protection order (PPO) against Bo, claiming he was struggling with mental health problems.
Days after Tirany Lee Savage’s personal protection order was denied in Michigan due to “insufficient evidence,” her husband shot and killed her, her son and her mother. She wrote in her filing: “He recently purchased a firearm and that is concerning to me.”https://t.co/QPPzF6JtAW pic.twitter.com/7eeWz1iLih— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 13, 2022
“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.”
This is only part of what Tirany Savage wrote to the judge when asking for a PPO against Eugene. About 2 weeks later, Tirany was found dead.— Irelend Viscount (@viscount_news) July 13, 2022
“He has mental health issues and recently purchased a firearm and that is concerning to me.” @upnorthlive pic.twitter.com/YB6ynnhEUW
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.
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“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."