Murder victim had been denied protective order

Woman was killed when she went home to get personal belongings

Louisville, KY, August 27, 2008

Slain PRP woman sought help in court, but was denied

By Jessie Halladay

A woman shot by her husband at their Pleasure Ridge Park home Monday had tried to get a domestic violence petition but was turned down by a district court judge last week.

On Aug. 15, Dorene Seidl filed a domestic violence petition with the district court, but in an Aug. 20 hearing, Judge Joseph O’Reilly denied the petition, said Bill Patteson, a spokesman for the county attorney’s office.

Details about Seidl’s allegations against her husband are not public record, Patteson said.

Before the shooting Monday, there had been four previous police runs to the home, said Officer Phil Russell, a police spokesman.

He said that he did not immediately know the nature of those runs.

Yesterday, William G. Seidl, 68, was charged with one count of murder. Dorene Seidl died of multiple gunshot wounds at the couple’s home in the 8200 block of Grandfield Way, said Eddie Robinson, a deputy Jefferson County coroner.

William Seidl barricaded himself in the home, creating a nearly four-hour standoff with police Monday night.

Dorene Seidl was pronounced dead at the scene about 8 p.m., once the standoff ended, Robinson said.

The standoff began after MetroSafe Communications received a call about 4:15 p.m. on a report of a person down at the home on Grandfield Way.

Third Division officers, hostage negotiators and a SWAT team were called to the home, where William Seidl was barricaded inside.

Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the standoff ended just before 8 p.m., with Seidl surrendering peacefully.

She said that nobody else was in the house at the time of the surrender, but another man had been in the home before police arrived.

That man has not been identified by police.

The citation says that when authorities arrived at Seidl’s residence, he told them that he shot his wife. He also said that they had been having problems and that she came to the house to get personal items when the shooting occurred.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

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