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‘Slap on the wrist’: Kathy Lowe gets probation; sentence upsets victim’s brother, his wife

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 4:34 pm | Updated: 4:51 pm, Fri Mar 16, 2012.

Curtis Lowe will always remember his brother, David Lowe, as a friend to many, willing to help in any way possible.

But on Wed nes day, he felt his brother’s memory was forever tainted when David’s wife, Kathy Lowe, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case involving her husband’s death in 2008 and received what Curtis feels is a “slap on the wrist” for punishment.

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  • JCarlosQ posted at 4:36 pm on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    JCarlosQ Posts: 169

    Flowerlady, I agree with you, people too often live double lives; a public life and a private life. And at times those lives have too few similarities.

  • williamson8311 posted at 2:31 pm on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    williamson8311 Posts: 3

    just because she cant get the life insurance money dosent mean one of children cant meaning....really shes getting the money!!

  • ereader posted at 12:33 pm on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    ereader Posts: 93

    You can't really blame the judge as this article would insist. The deal was reached between the DA and Kathy Lowe. Its a settlement of the case that happens without a judge or jury. The judge just has to sign off on the deal. As long as Lowe says she is making the deal on her own accord, there isn't much the judge can do in all fairness to the case.

  • flowerlady posted at 7:36 pm on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    flowerlady Posts: 5

    I did not know David and Kathy Lowe so I am not judging. With that said, I have been the victim of physical and mental abuse by a control freak. No one would think he was an abuser and he always told me that I was stupid and if I left he would kill me. Also, my niece was married to a man that we all thought was so nice. Turns out, he was beating her in front of their child and threatening to kill her loved ones if she told. I saw the bruises so I know it is true. I know from experience that unless you live in the home, you don't know what happens behind closed doors.[sad]

  • itsmrkltou posted at 6:22 pm on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    itsmrkltou Posts: 509

    JC, for some reason, I think a lot of the folks around here think they have their God and you and I have ours.
    One day we shall see.

  • JCarlosQ posted at 5:13 pm on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    JCarlosQ Posts: 169

    Itsmrkltou, it's not about why she did it; she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
    Oh, for some reason I imagined the daughter much younger.

    I read, "Kathy will pay for what she did in front of the Lord one day.”, but all she has to do is repent and the Lord will forgive her. So, why would people count on the Lord punishing her?

  • itsmrkltou posted at 12:52 pm on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    itsmrkltou Posts: 509

    JCarlos, you're right about the punishment if she is indeed guilty.
    Just reading the accounts of what went down that day in the area fish wrappers, there was a very good chance that she really thought she was acting in self defense.
    She said that when he came at her she blindly shot several times which was confirmed by the evidence and that after the first shot or two he turned to run, which explains how he was shot in the back.
    The daughter, if I read correctly, was around 15 or 16 at the time which would make her old enough now to determine for herself if she wanted to remain with her mother.

  • JCarlosQ posted at 11:39 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    JCarlosQ Posts: 169

    I don't agree with the punishment one bit. It completely dishonors the life of Mr. Lowe. It is far too easy. Seriously, probation for 3 years and less than $6,000 in fines?

    But I'm confused about one thing, is the daughter living with Ms Lowe?
    If so, Are the courts retarded? She killed her husband and she is fit to take care of a child? And another thing, Ms Lowe may not get the life insurance money, but if she has the daughter, wouldn't she get the money by proxy?

  • itsmrkltou posted at 8:02 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    itsmrkltou Posts: 509

    Oscar p, it's not a win/win situation.
    It was either a win/lose or a lose/lose.
    If she is truly guilty of murder, she is a big winner and the people of the state of Alabama are big losers.
    if she is not guilty, she should have been released with no further conditions.
    In that case we would all be losers.

  • oscar p posted at 7:53 am on Sat, Mar 17, 2012.

    oscar p Posts: 40

    She pled out, because the prosecuter could not get a conviction. The prosecuter had to offer the deal for her to take it. They tried twice and couldn't get a conviction, and everyone griped about how much money the 2 trials cost. So the plea deal was a win, win situation. The prosecuter got a win, and kathy got a win..Who's to say they would have got a conviction this time around. Thats what the prosecuter was thinking.

  • Aubie posted at 12:26 am on Sat, Mar 17, 2012.

    Aubie Posts: 5

    Our whole judicial system is now a complete joke. It doesn't matter anymore what the crime is, if you plead guilty our judges lets you off the hook. What an injustice for David Lowe and a waste of our tax dollars.

  • princesscheynne posted at 9:20 pm on Fri, Mar 16, 2012.

    princesscheynne Posts: 1

    I agree with Curtis and Patricia that David was a good man and I never heard him speak an ill word of Kathy. He was always thinking of her and talking about her but in a positive way. It was pretty obvious that he worshiped her. From my observation David was not a violent man at all. David was not treated with any respect in that family. In fact it was the total opposite I could not believe my ears when I heard Kathy testify.Then Amanda, she was not afraid of him as far as I could tell. I am not related to the family but I did know the whole family. Such a tragic injustice for David. However what goes around comes around.

  • Tank posted at 8:27 pm on Fri, Mar 16, 2012.

    Tank Posts: 54

    David and I went to High School together. He served this community. I left to serve our county. I return to find that I can kill someone here for probation? Guess you you know what's next for my loud neighbor ;(

  • itsmrkltou posted at 5:00 pm on Fri, Mar 16, 2012.

    itsmrkltou Posts: 509

    I suppose the daughter will get the insurance money.
    I know someone will and it should be her.