Lafayette

Aug 30, 2013 8:04 PM by Akeam Ashford

Family Speaks Out About Couples Violent Past

Tonight, Lafayette Police have identified both victims in a possible murder-suicide.

They are husband and wife. She recently filed for divorce.

The woman has been identified as Victoria Neely, 27, of Lafayette. Police say she was shot to death in her home at Magnolia Apartment on W. University Ave.

The body of the male victim, who was found hours later in a house at the corner of Lamar and Cleveland streets, has been identified as David Brannon, 38, of Duson.

Police say Brannon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Although no suspect has been named in Victoria Neely's death, her sister, Spring Breaux, is speaking out about the long history of domestic violence between the pair.

"For somebody to walk up to you and shoot you, face first, point blank, that is hate," Breaux says."That is evil. The last thing that my sister saw was that gun going to her face and she was afraid."

KATC requested and received prior arrest reports for the couple. Three times police were called on Brannon for violent behavior toward Neely.

In August 2010, Brannon was convicted of hitting Neely with a closed fist in front of her three-year-old child. Brannon pleaded guilty to simple battery and served 10 days in jail.

In February 2011, he was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly getting in a fight with Neely's boss at her work. Her boss later dropped the charges.

The very next month, Brannon was accused of holding Neely captive in the bathroom. According to Neely, he punched and choked her. Neely was six months pregnant at the time and was able to escape to a neighbor's home. We're told the district attorney's office didn't accept the charges filed.

"People who are this violent and who behave the way this man behaved need to be put somewhere," says Breaux. "They need to be in jail or in a mental institution, because they are not fit to be in society."

Breaux says the family helped Neely get away from Brannon and into a women's shelter twice.

"I don't know what was going on in her head," says Breaux. "There is a point where you just can't do anything else. I think she thought she could control the situation."

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