Death Penalty Trial Begins in Bus Stop Stabbing Case

Isaiah G. Tryon is accused of brutally stabbing to death his 19-year-old girlfriend in front of horrified onlookers at an Oklahoma City bus stop. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the 25-year-old man, calling the 2012 murder of Tia Bloomer particularly "heinous, atrocious, or cruel." They say Tryon is a known gang-member with a violent criminal past that includes convictions for domestic violence, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was also charged with shooting with intent to kill, but that charge was dismissed in return for a guilty plea to domestic assault and battery. In that case, he was accused of firing a gun at Bloomer while she held their child. Reports say that Bloomer was trying to leave an abusive relationship with Tryon. Family  members say that, on the morning of her death, she was on her way to the courthouse to get a protective order against Tryon. She never made it. Tryon is accused of walking up to her at the bus station and stabbing her multiple times. One witness told reports that Tryon stabbed the young woman "15 or 20 times," but that no one could get to her to help. People often wonder why women stay in abusive relationships. They question a woman's motives for staying with her abuser, arguing that a woman can leave at any time. That she does not have to stay in such a relationship. This argument, however, is somewhat flawed. What many people fail to realize is that, for most women, leaving the abusive relationship is the most dangerous time. In fact, according to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, women are 70 times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner in the two weeks after leaving than at any other time during the relationship. In Oklahoma, intimate partner violence is a significant problem. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma ranked 11th in the nation in the number of women killed by men in 2009. In the decade preceding, 442 people died as a result of intimate partner violence in Oklahoma. This included victims of domestic violence, bystanders, and perpetrators of domestic violence who killed themselves in acts of murder-suicide:

  • 326 intimate partner victims
  • 31 bystanders
  • 85 perpetrators who committed suicide
While domestic violence is committed against both women and men, the overwhelming majority of victims in fatal intimate partner violence are women. In the aforementioned report, 186 males were killed in intimate partner violence and 256 females were killed. Of those numbers, 80 men were perpetrators of homicide who then killed themselves, while only 5 women were perpetrators of murder-suicide. There is no doubt that leaving an abusive relationship can escalate violence, and it is typically the most dangerous time for anyone who has been involved with an abusive partner. For help, contact the Oklahoma domestic violence hotline at (800) 522-7233 (SAFE). If you are in imminent danger, call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

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