SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Greg Marvin is charged with first degree assault for beating a woman and shooting a man Saturday in Bass Pro Shops parking lot.
His ex-wife says it was a matter of time until a tragedy like this happened.
"I think he wanted to do this for a time. I think he was just waiting for that opportunity," she says.
For privacy reasons, she asked us to refer to her by a different name. We'll call her 'Jacquie'.
She says laws to protect domestic violence victims have to change.
"I want them to push this, make an example of this because for so long he's not paid a consequence for any of his actions," she explains.
'Jacquie' has been living in fear.
"We thought that this would be directed at me, not the shooting, but just that there was going to be something very soon," she says.
She is fed up with the stigma of battered woman.
"Oh he beat her up, she probably asked for it, you know, that attitude. She must have done something to provoke him," she says.
‘Jacquie’ been on survival mode for years. She constantly looks over her shoulder waiting to see if Marvin will attack her.
"The things you learn how to do: take different routes home from work, double back. When you park, park in a place where there's a light. Walk past the car, make sure nobody is standing there. These are things you train yourself to do," she explains.
'Jacquie' says Marvin will come up with yet another excuse to try to get out the charges he's now facing.
"He felt threatened. I won't be surprised if he said it was a set up for him," she says.
It happened the first time he beat her.
"He sat on my chest and just pummeled me and laughed. You knew he wasn't hitting as hard as he could but he was enjoying what he was doing," she explains.
After a four hour ordeal, 'Jacquie' managed to get away and call police. Marvin told them she started the fight.
"The reason he had the scratch to his face is because he had me up against the wall by my throat and I was going to black out. I knew if I was out that was it," she says.
The situation got worse from there. Police told her they couldn’t determine who initiated the confrontation so they arrested her and Marvin.
She says, "The officer said to me, when he asked me about it, was well he says you were flirting with another man, that you basically asked for it."
She didn't. Neither did the woman Marvin brutally beat Saturday.
Jacquie says, "We would be highly offended if this was a stranger. We wouldn't blame her for any of it if this was a random stranger. There would be no question about what his charges would be. She knew him. So she's the bad guy?"
She says orders of protection and the police can only do so much.
"The officer said to me get a gun because the only way anything's going to happen is if there's a chalk line around your body," she says.
‘Jacquie’ keeps all of Marvin's court records.
"I have to prove that I'm not the bad guy," she says.
She pulls out a few files from a box she keeps handy at all times. In those files is proof of his abuse.
"This is the second arrest. This was an arrest years ago for repeated violations of orders of protection. Violation, violation. So they knew, it was there. This is public," she says.
Jacquie even tried to alert the authorities about Marvin trying to get his hands on a weapon. She says it was a clear violation of his probation.
"He attempted to purchase a fire arm the day he was released from jail," she explains.
Sometimes, she feels defeated.
"Why fight the system that's not going to do anything about it," she asks.
She wants to warn other women to look for future signs of abuse.
"If there's always a justification for why he's the victim in everything, go to Case.net. Look. There's going to be stuff in there," she says.
'Jacquie' strongly urges women who are victims to work with the staff at Harmony House. They're a good resource to help anyone get out of an abusive situation.
Marvin is still in the Greene County Jail on $300,000.