Husband of popular Bolton high school teacher indicted for her murder - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Husband of popular Bolton high school teacher indicted for her murder

It has been almost one year since Ashley Scott's death Thanksgiving day 2006. Her family, friends and former students all pleaded for justice for the former Bolton High school teacher. Now, they're one step closer.

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Thursday that the state Grand Jury for Shelby County has indicted her husband for her murder that happened last Thanksgiving at their Cordova home.

Jeffrey Scott, 30, has been indicted on first degree murder charges for the death of his teacher wife. 

According to the affidavit of complaint filed in this case, on November 23, 2006 paramedics responded to a call at Scott's home.

Ashley Scott was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition. 

Later that evening, Ashley Scott was pronounced dead. The Shelby County Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. 

Memphis police homicide detectives charged Jeffrey Scott with first degree murder on November 24. The defendant is out of jail on $250,000 bond.

First degree murder is punishable by life in prison with the possibility of parole after 51 years, life in prison without parole, or death.  

In the days after Ashley Scott's death, students held vigils, sang songs and grieved together. They missed their mentor, teacher and friend.

"I wanted so much to be like her every day in class I would look at her and think, if I grew up like her, I'm not going to be able to walk into Bolton and not think of her," said Morgan Furr.

Almost immediately after her death her husband Jeffery Scott was accused in her murder.

Court documents show the Scotts began arguing the night before Thanksgiving. Jeffery Scott told investigators it was about a text message Ashley received on her phone.

The fight turned physical with Jeffery Scott striking Ashley. He told investigators he then made her sleep in the garage.

More than 12 hours later, he called 911. Ashley Scott was pronounced dead at Baptist East Thanksgiving night.

The cause of death, according to the autopsy, multiple injuries as a result of a beating.

Jim Pittman, Ashley's father, says, "You know what I think about everyday, is him leaving her on the concrete floor in the cold. That's what I think about everyday."

Less than one month later Jeffery Scott posted bond and was out of jail. His attorney, Leslie Ballin, says his client did not committ first degree murder. "Assaulting someone is one thing, intentionally killing them is another," Ballin said.

But prosecutors insists it was first degree murder plain and simple. Jeffery Scott is expected back in court at the end of this month or early part of November.

Friends, teachers and students will come together this weekend for a 5 K run honoring Ashley Scott.

The race is scheduled for Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Bartlett Baptist Church. All the money raised will go to the YWCA Abused Women's Services Shelter.


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