CAMBY, Ind. (April 5, 2016) – An upcoming domestic violence trial may have led up to a deadly shooting in Camby.
Investigators in Hendricks county say Thomas Himes, 60, shot his wife, 53-year-old Nina Himes, twice in the parking lot of a busy shopping area before fatally shooting himself.
The victim is recovering at Eskenazi hospital.
Investigators say the pair had been arguing inside a car about an upcoming domestic violence trial when the man opened fire, shooting his wife in the leg and head before getting out of the car and killing himself.
Court records claim last year at the family home in Camby, the husband flew into a rage over an auto accident and began yelling at several family members before assaulting his wife.
The criminal case against Himes was set for trial next week.
In a chilling twist, the suspect created updated a blog just hours before the shooting and Himes wrote, "Many women are using the laws to falsely accuse men and destroy their lives.”
Himes added early Monday morning, “I am contemplating today's events. A pretrial is scheduled for tomorrow and a jury trial is scheduled for April 13th. My wife enjoys my pain and anger. Today, I have a decision to make.”
“We know that this is a situation that escalates,” said Catherine O’Connor with the Marion County Julian Center.
O’Connor says the pattern of domestic violence suspects like Himes turning increasingly violent is not unique to this case.
“This is a problem that is pervasive,” said O’Connor.
She says one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
That’s why after the shooting Hendricks county investigators made it a point to emphasize there are resources available for victims struggling to escape domestic violence.
“I think the message is get help. Don’t stay. There is help out there,” said O’Connor.
There was a no-contact order in effect between the victim and the suspect, but that did not stop the pair from meeting.
O’Connor says anyone out there who needs help can call 211 to get connected with resources to escape violence.