Saturday, January 27, 2007
Officer Ken DeKleine - Breaking & Entering - Holland PD
Officer Kenneth Dekleine [Holland PD] broke into his estranged wife's [Lori] bedroom. Lori called the police but they claimed they could not do anything to protect her, because it was a civil matter.
In January 2008, Officer DeKleine murdered Lori. He was convicted in July 2008 and sentenced to life in prison.
Victim was 'terrified' of husband, records show
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Lori DeKleine was aware of the danger signs around her, according to court records.
"I have become increasingly terrified and afraid for my life," she wrote in a personal protection order filed in Ottawa County Circuit Court on Jan. 31, 2007, against her husband, Holland police Officer Ken DeKleine.
Less than one year later, Lori DeKleine, 43, was found strangled Thursday night in the basement of her Holland home.
"Ken has been a sexual and emotional bully throughout our marriage, beginning on our honeymoon," she wrote.
Lori DeKleine indicated she wanted to prohibit her husband from purchasing or possessing a firearm, but noted: "I do not object to his use of a firearm while he is on duty at Holland Police Department."
The final straw that apparently led to the protection order filing was an episode during the weekend of Jan. 27, 2007, while the couple was still living together.
"I believe Ken broke into the locked room I have been sleeping in to stay safe," she said. "I believe he broke in through the window in the room, leaving glass all over the bed and blood stains throughout the room and house."
Lori DeKleine wrote that she found several recording devices in her backpack, on their home phone and under some clothing in their bedroom.
She also wrote in the order that shortly after Ken returned from Iraq in February 2006 where he had been part of a group training Iraqi police, he became even more angry and controlling.
"I was afraid that he might harm himself or return and harm me," she wrote.
Ottawa County records indicate Ken DeKleine filed for divorce on Jan. 8, 2007. Meanwhile, a notice of the protection order was sent to Holland Police Department the day it was filed, court records show.
Terms of the divorce, mostly concerning child custody, kept the case open through the end of the year. The original terms called for joint custody of the children, but Lori did not want to oblige, which sent the case to Friend of the Court for a ruling, according to court records.
Slain wife warned friends of her fears
The Grand Rapids Press
Posted by By John Agar and John Tunison
January 15, 2008 10:19AM
HOLLAND -- The end for Lori DeKleine came just as she feared.
Days before her estranged police-officer husband, Ken DeKleine, allegedly slipped into her Holland Heights home and strangled her, she told friends: "You know, if I come up dead, if something happens to me, make sure Ken's investigated."
Her attorney, Holly Verde, recalled the haunting words Monday. She thinks Holland police should have done more to protect her client after Lori DeKleine chronicled allegations of abuse and a break-in at the home the couple once shared on Calvin Avenue.
In a statement she wrote nearly a year ago, Lori DeKleine said: "I have become increasingly terrified and afraid for my life."
Verde said she shuddered when she heard her client apparently killed herself Thursday. She called prosecutors. Ken DeKleine was arrested the next day and was arraigned Monday on a charge of open murder.
As the couple's marriage crumbled, police twice investigated allegations he violated a restraining order, but prosecutors did not find evidence to charge him. Police investigated the break-in, but it was viewed as a civil dispute because the officer, at the time, was not barred from the home.
"If there would have been alarm signs, we would have done something," Chief John Kruithoff said. "I didn't see there was a significant event that went on in his life that would have triggered this. Ken was a very talkative person, everyone's friend. He didn't suppress the fact he was having marital troubles. But, obviously, he suppressed something enough where he committed this."......
Officer Ken DeKleine - Murdered ex-wife Lori - Holland PD [Jan 10, 2008]
Officer Ken DeKleine - PPO violations & Abuse allegations
Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation :January 10, 2008
Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: January 08, 2008
Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: September 2007
Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: August 2007
Officer Kenneth Dekleine, PPO violation: May 2007
Officer Kenneth Dekleine, Breaking and entering complaint: January 27, 2007
Officer Kenneth Dekleine: Allegations he abused Lori
Officer Kenneth Dekleine: Allegations he used recording devices to stalk Lori
Officer Kenneth Dekleine: Allegations he raped Lori