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Whitehaven woman loses sleep over abusive ex-boyfriend's freedom

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Lonnie Odell Payne (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Lonnie Odell Payne (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
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(WMC) - A Whitehaven woman says she is living in fear of her ex-boyfriend after the courts dismissed his restraining order violation over the weekend. She shared her story of being a domestic violence victim in hopes that the justice system will help her.

Karen Collier met Lonnie Payne in grade school. They reconnected in 2008. Within two months, the beatings began.

Lonnie Odell Payne's rap sheet is pages long, including domestic assault, aggravated assault, and aggravated burglary.

Collier cannot even sleep at her home without visions of the 2008 attack. She heard a thumping noise and thought it was coming from her son. But it was actually Payne breaking into her home through a window.

"You know how you're waking up, and I looked at him, and he was in my hallway, dressed in black," explained Collier, whose brother had given her a gun but it was in the nightstand drawer.

"He looked at my son's door, he came in my door, barged in the room where I was," she described the night he attacked her. "Grabbed my phone and slammed the door. He started beating me, pulled me up by my hair."

Collier prayed.

"In my mind I was asking God to just help me be OK, just let me out of this," she said.

When Payne paused for a moment, Collier lunged for the gun and shot him in the leg.

Payne served only half of his sentence and has been charged with numerous crimes since his release.

"They need to get him off the streets," said Collier.

WMC Action News 5's Kontji Anthony reached out to the district attorney's office for comment about Payne's release. She is still waiting to hear back.

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Lonnie Odell Payne's rap sheet is pages long, including domestic assault, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.

 

His ex-girlfriend is now living in mortal fear that he will track her down again, after the courts dismissed his restraining order violation Sunday.

 

The South Memphis woman says she can't even sleep at her home for fear he will come back and get her.

 

Tonight, she is begging the justice system to help her.

 

At 5 p.m., she speaks exclusively with WMC Action News 5's Kontji Anthony about what it's like to live in fear of her life.

Lonnie Odell Payne's rap sheet is pages long, including domestic assault, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.

His ex-girlfriend is now living in mortal fear that he will track her down again, after the courts dismissed his restraining order violation Sunday.

The South Memphis woman says she can't even sleep at her home for fear he will come back and get her.

Tonight, she is begging the justice system to help her.

At 5 p.m., she speaks exclusively with WMC Action News 5's Kontji Anthony about what it's like to live in fear of her life.

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