An Alabama real-estate agent was found dead inside her burned-out home along with her abusive husband, weeks after she asked the court to lift the protective order she had against him.
The bodies of 40-year-old Martella Tyler and 43-year-old Justin Tyler were recovered from the burning Huntsville residence shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday.
Court records revealed that the woman was granted a protective order against Justin in February after violently assaulted her.
“He punched me, stomped me, stabbed me three times in the head, left side, and face. I feel like he has a mental health condition that is untreated,” Martella told the court.
On May 12, Martella appeared with her husband in court and requested the warrant be dismissed. Her reasons were not disclosed in records.
Martella was an outstanding real-estate agent and mother of three daughters; one of them was rescued from the tragic house fire that killed the couple.