Ashley Scott memorial brings out students in droves

Ashley Scott (Bolt on High School page)
Ashley Scott (Bolt on High School page)
Jeffrey Scott, charged with 1st degree murder
Jeffrey Scott, charged with 1st degree murder
Jeffrey Scott in court
Jeffrey Scott in court

Action News 5 has obtained a memorial video made by students of Bolton High School in honor of their slain teacher.  Ashley Scott can herself be seen in a clip of older video featured at the end of the tribute.  You can watch the video above!

Students and friends gathered to remember Ashley Scott, the Bolton High School teacher murdered in her home last week.

More than 300 people gathered inside the Church of the Nativity in Bartlett today. Students planned the service for their creative writing teacher.

The school's principal says Scott was loved.

Investigators talked with several people to see if they had any insight into her relationship with her husband.

Principal Stephens says if Scott was abused, she hid it from staffers very well.

Investigators have not revealed much about their investigation into the murder of Bolton High School teacher Ashley Scott.

We know Ashley Scott and her husband were drinking and got into an argument. Police say Scott hit his wife and now we know much more about her injuries and what police were looking for in the couple's house.

Jeffrey Scott is being held without bond charged in the Thanksgiving Day beating death of his wife Ashley at their Cordova home.

"I've been working on the case. I worked into the night," said his lawyer, attorney Leslie Ballin.

Ballin would not reveal what he knows about the case but a search warrant - obtained by Action News 5 - gives some clues. You can view the warrant, by clicking here (page 1, page 2).

Here's what investigators removed from the couple's house:

A dog kennel, a carpet sample, three pairs of mens shoes and a letter written by Ashley.

The search warrant also reveals what the Medical Examiner discovered, that Ashley Scott had multiple injuries to her body including to her hip and side. She had a large abrasion on her right cheek and a puncture wound in the center of her back.

Jeffrey Scott is charged with first degree murder. "You're looking at the person's intention. Did the person intend to kill someone. And did they think about it ahead of time. That is called premeditation that is first degree murder," explained prosecutor John Campbell.

Scott's attorney says he does not believe this is a first-degree murder case.

"I don't see any evidence of intent to kill. I don't see any evidence of pre-meditation. This is a homicide but not every case is a 'murder one' case," he said.

Prosecutors say they have to have a good reason to charge someone with first-degree murder.

Jeffrey Scott's attorney has asked for a mental evaluation of his client. Leslie Ballin will also ask for a bond at a hearing next month.

Ashley Scott's family is, predictably, still in shock and hurting a great deal. Her sister, Kecia, spoke with Action News 5 about the murder investigation and about Ashley's husband Jeffery, the man charged in her death.

Flowers, cards and candles mark the outside of Ashley Scott's home. Inside, her sister and father spent the evening gathering items she's left behind.

"It's very difficult because we lost her forever," said sister Kevia Vekovius.

The loss is especially hard because Kecia grew up with Ashley in the same home, but her family hadn't spoken to Ashley in several years.

"She was happy and was being cared for by somebody who loved her," Vekovius said of Scott's communications, "but that wasn't true."

According to police records, her husband Jeffery Scott told officers he and Ashley had been drinking beer, wine and vodka and were arguing.

Paramedics told police Ashley had bruises on her face and body. They arrived to the home Thanksgiving day with Jeffery's friend performing CPR on Ashley.

"I wish that Jeffery would admit his wrongdoing and step up b/c he was supposed to be a christian person," the sister said.

But with Leslie Ballin representing Jeffery Scott at his court hearing monday, it seems admitting anything is out of the question at least for now. In court, Ballin entered a "not guilty" plea on behalf of his client.

One aspect helping Kecia and her family through this painful ordeal is knowing how many students Scott touched over the years as an English teacher for Bolton High.

"Really good to know that she had this positive influence on these kids and that she did something great with her life," she said.

Action News 5's Andrew Douglas asked Ashley's sister what "justice" would mean to her family. All she would say is that she's leaving it in God's hands.

Obituary from the Shreveport Times:

CORDOVA, TN - Ashley Pittman Scott, a native of Bossier City, went to be with her Heavenly Father on November 23, 2006.

Ashley was born on November 4, 1978 and grew up in Bossier City. She is a 1996 graduate of Parkway High School and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2000. She was currently a high school teacher in Memphis, TN.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Bossier on Thursday, November 30th, at 6 p.m. for area family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Her parents, Jimmy & Young Mi Pittman, Donna & Randy Lowry; Her sister & family, Kecia, Stephen, Nathan & Vivian Vekovius; and many dear family & friends here in our area.

Click here to read the "affidavit of complaint" against Jeffrey Scott.

Click on link (right) to see video of Jeffrey Scott in court.

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