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Judge denied protective order to Petaluma woman

Petaluma teacher Kim Conover was denied an emergency restraining order against her estranged husband one week before he shot and killed her, according to Petaluma police records.

The 43-year-old mother of four and longtime Petaluma elementary teacher had tried again Sunday to get legal help in keeping him away.

She had gone to her divorce attorney's Keller Street office for help seeking a temporary restraining order from the courts. But her husband, Kevin Conover, 41, was waiting outside the office and shot her as she walked away. He then shot and killed himself.

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Petaluma police on Tuesday released further details of the troubled history of the couple, who had been married less than two years. They had toddler twins and she had two teen daughters from a prior marriage.

Reports showed five contacts with police in 12 months. They included family disturbances, a domestic dispute and domestic violence allegations, said Petaluma Lt. Tim Lyons.

Kim Conover had sought help three times. Kevin Conover called once. And one call was made by her 15-year-old daughter, said Lyons.

On April 9, Kim Conover went to the Petaluma Police Department at 12:45 p.m., reported that Kevin Conover had grabbed her that morning and asked for an emergency restraining order.

She also told police there were no witnesses to the violence and she didn't want him arrested, Lyons said.

The emergency request, which included that day's allegation, was reviewed by a Sonoma County judge and was denied. The name of the judge was not available late Tuesday afternoon.

The decision indicates the judge hadn't been convinced of an immediate threat or danger to the requesting party, Lyons said.


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