UPDATE: (May 9, 2018)-- Anthony Beuhner was sentenced to 63 years after being found guilty of murder in April. He received 911 days of jail credit.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 2, 2016) -- An Indianapolis woman killed one year ago is remembered by friends and family.
Forty-one-year-old Janet Cook’s young granddaughter found her body on the front porch of a west side home.
Police believe her death was the result of a domestic dispute and prosecutors charged her 29-year-old boyfriend Anthony Buehner with her murder.
It happened on the second day of 2015’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“It was just a really weird timing, I know that, but there’s no good timing for it,” says Lisa Carmer, Janet Cook’s sister.
In Stringtown Park today, dozens of Janet Cook’s family and friends came together to honor her life. While tears streamed down some faces, there was also frustration.
Nearly a year after Buehner was arrested, he still hasn’t stood trial.
“We go to court, we go to the pre-trials,” says Carmer. “We’re hoping they’re going to be ready to put this devil behind us and then they continue it. They have reasons to continue it. I understand they have to do that in some cases, but it’s just like an open wound that keeps. You want closure, but you can’t get it.”
Today Lisa and others gathered to remember why they continue to push for justice for Janet. And they prayed for the many other domestic violence victims who, like Janet, feel like they’re alone.
“My mom was very well-loved and she has a lot of family and friends, she just didn’t realize it at the time,” says her daughter Jessica Cook. “There were so many of us who could have helped her.”
Her children and sister also want others to follow their gut if they believe a loved one is being abused and let them know there is an escape.
“If they have a black eye and they tell you they fell out of the shower, just talk to them one-on-one, with nobody else around,” says Carmer. “Maybe they’ll talk to you.”
Janet’s family hopes her death helps raise awareness about the resources available for victims. There are people who can help.
Click here for a list of resources.