Friends, family mark first anniversary of Bolton teacher's death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Friends, family mark first anniversary of Bolton teacher's death

Popular Bolton High School English teacher Ashley Scott died on Thanksgiving Day, 2006. Court documents state she had more than 50 bruises from head to toe.

Investigators accuse her husband Jeffery of severely beating Ashley, dragging her into the couple's garage, and refusing to call medics for more than 12 hours.  

In the days that followed students, friends and colleagues publicly mourned her death. 

Her husband spent less than two weeks in jail before bonding out and moving in with his parents.
One year later, not much is different. Classes continue at Bolton high, while her friends and family still miss Ashley. Jeffery Scott remains out of jail and at home. 

"I'm angry about that I hate him for walking the streets," said Jim Pittman, Ashley's father. "I know you're not supposed to do that, and I've never hated anybody in my life."     
According to Pittman, when Jeffery came into his daughter's life, she cut off ties with her family. They weren't even invited to the wedding.

"I think about her," Pittman said through tears. "Some like this really makes me...there's no way to compare what it feels like."      

Last month Ashley's father and sister drove to Memphis from their hometown of Shreveport for a 5k race in honor of Ashley Scott benefiting the YWCA abused women's shelter.

"It gives us a sense of who Ashley was here, and the real impact that she had here, and it gives us a part of her life that we didn't get to see," Ashley's sister, Kecia Vekovius, said.      

One year later, the wait for justice continues. Just last week, Jeffery Scott had an arraignment hearing on his first degree murder charges, but it still may be months before a trial and a verdict.

"When we drive down for that trial, that is probably going to be the hardest and the scariest time of my life," Pittman said.      

A family takes on a mission for justice, and a community takes on domestic violence through awareness, as Ashley Scott's memory lives on in the minds and hearts of many.

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