Woman blames the CITIZEN for her DUI

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Today I attended the probation revocation hearing for "Melissa Painter" the woman who caused the accident in PTC that took the life of my former husband "Lennie Dunn" and his friend "John Minaberry".
Mrs. Painter was already on 2 yrs probation for Public Drunk, Theft, Battery & Assault when she caused the deadly accident and was charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide.
When the Judge asked Mrs. Painter if she had anything to say, she replied "Yes, there was a lot of stuff in the newspaper about the homicides and I got so stressed out and went out to have a couple of beers".
Hmmmm...Is that really a defense? Nope, not in Fayette County anyway! Mrs. Painter's probation was REVOKED and I'm relieved to know that she won't be out on our roads anytime soon!

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Submitted by P_I_TOM on Mon, 10/01/2007 - 10:19pm.

Does it mean that Mrs. Painter is a horrible person for being in an accident where 2 people were killed? My questions are,

Why is Painter a horrible person for being in an accident?
It was an accident!A bad decision.Did Mrs. Painter Intentionally hurt someone? NO!
How fast was that Porsche driving in rainy conditions?
There was excessive damage to that Porsche for driving the speed limit.

Was Painter drunk or had she been drinking at the time of the accident?
If Mr. Dunn was such a SAINT why did you Divorce him?
It would be interesting to see what some research would turn up.

If you base Mrs. Painters GUILT or INNOCENCE on past occurences then what about Mr. Dunn's Driving History?
Were there excessive speeding tickets?

Mrs. Painters Probation Hearing, had she completed all of her requirements for Probation? WHY YES she had! Mrs. Painter was on NON-REPORT status.

What does the former wife of the deceased keep trying to persecute Mrs. Painter? Is it possible that she thinks she will gain monetary value by persecuting this young woman?

These are questions as to which I must ask WHY WHY WHY? It was an accident. There was no intentional wrong doing,Mrs, Painter was not DRUNK at this time, and all everyone is doing is trying to have a PUBLIC LYNCHING through the media to try and persecute this woman.
I still ask this question;
If Mr. Dunn was such a Saint then why oh why did you divorce him in the first place? Your interest in these hearings on matters which does not have any BEARING on your ex-husbands case, and seems solely vindictive and spiteful, You have condemned this woman before her trial has even began. If your going to comment in these blogs about this case then you should give ALL of the facts in both parties involved in this case, not a one sided viewpoint.

Another fact is that often when people are put in these situations, the survivors are often in a state of remorse but don't know how to show it. They act out their remorse and often enough, drugs or alcohol is involved. If you were hammering me the same as you are this young woman then HELL ID HAVE A DRINK OR 2 MYSELF.
Whatever happened to Innocent Until Proven GUILTY?

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 5:03am.

First of all if you were a detective you would have pertinent facts.

1. It was a clear and sunny about 80 degrees, perfect day for a convertible.

2. Your friends probabtion was revoked when she broke the law again, with her recent DUI. Cops and judges get ticked when you break the law, while being punished for another law you broke.

Yes she is innocent until proven guilty. Wait for the hearing and let the measurements from the skid marks fall where they may.

If your friend was a "saint" you wouldn't be on here blogging trying to change facts to defend her behavior.

Submitted by P_I_TOM on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 4:26pm.

Actually theweatherhistory.com states that there was precipitation and that the weather was 60 degrees on the day of the accident.

I dont know the time of the accident, but when I cam through that area after the accident, it was dusk, and the roads were wet. I dont believe it was raining at the time I came through, but I thought that the roads were wet.

Mrs. Painter is not a friend of mine, I have met Mrs. Painter but, she is not a friend of mine. I just don't want someone to be convicted of a crime because of Public outcry. If she is found guilty of Vehicular manslaughter, I want it to be because of the facts in this case. If it is a guilty verdict I will have to eat crow, and I will eat it with the best of them. I do believe that the outcome of this case, is going to surpise everyone when the facts are actually released.
I too am interested in the skid marks. The lenghth and direction would prove to be most valuable in this case. I dont belive the DA's office is releasing any of this information though.

Now as for the probation revocation...Mrs. Painter had not been convicted of this DUI when her probation was revoked.The case doesnt even appear in front of the judge until some time next week. Does this mean if someone was arrested for a crime while on probation that they automatically go back to jail before the case goes to court. What if they go to court and are found not-guilty. they spent all that time in jail for nothing????

As for Mrs. Painter being a SAINT, are any of us "SAINTS"? I just don't like the idea of everyone trying to portray Mr. Dunn as a Saint. He may have very well have been a SAINT I dont know. I am just saying that everyone is quick to condemn this woman, and nobody has all the facts of this case!!!!!!

As for me trying to change the facts; I AM NOT! I simply do not know all of the facts as does no one else in this blog. It would be interesting to see what a little research would turn up!!!!!!

SKYSPY thanks for your comments...

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 5:05pm.

My temp. on my dashboard read 73 degrees. They used a firetruck to wash away the gas. If it rained it was from a pop-up shower later. I have learned to trust the rain sensor on the mirror in my car. When it turns black I go home.

It is a dangerous intersection. Now that our cops are going to have to use that intersection more(moving the police station) it will be interesting to see if a light is added.

Submitted by P_I_TOM on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 5:22pm.

That is a very intersting note. Thank you for the clarification. As I had said the roads were wet, but I came through after the accident.
You still have to admit however that it is hard to picture the Porsche driving the speed limit, with the extensive damage done to this vehicle.

The skid marks will tell I guess.

There are alot of dangerous intersections in not only the Peachtree City and Fayetteville area, but around the whole Atlanta area. Seems to me that the governing bodies want industry to come in to their area, but does not allow for traffic growth when planning the roadways.would tend to guess that once the Police Station moves, that there will be a light added to that intersection.

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Submitted by the_assassin on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 10:46pm.

I was at the accident scene just as the first, second and third copters landed. There were several of us gawkers in the parking lot of the businesses behind the old gym/temporary library/temporary police station.

That model Porsche (Targa, I believe) had NO ENGINE in the front compartment to absorb the force of the blow. The engine was in the trunk of the car.

Never mind that it was bone dry at the time of the collision and immediately after. Found a pic of the Targa Mr. Dunn was driving:

The picture is HERE

So Mr. P_I_TOM, seems you too are jumping to a lot of conclusions here yourself.

What's undisputed is that the accident COULD have been avoided. Regardless if Dunn was drunk, partly intoxicated or sober .... regardless of whether he was speeding or not.... One thing could have avoided this senseless tragedy: A little caution.

Don't try to gun it out there people. Tempt fate enough and it will bite you on the rear.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 5:24pm.

I bet a light at that intersection will be added in a few weeks.

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 7:42pm.

Wow! What an astonishing number. Now, you cannot help but ask yourself how many of these deaths are attributed to habitual offenders.


The good news is that Dollar's 1989 Impala was impounded several years ago and he has nothing to drive.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by pentapenguin on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 11:03pm.

13,470 Drunk Driving Deaths In 2006

Unbelievable. {shakes head} All those deaths could have been prevented if drunks just had enough sense to let someone else drive them.

Well I hope after last time, Ms. Pena won't make this mistake again. Eye-wink

The good news is that Dollar's 1989 Impala was impounded several years ago and he has nothing to drive.

I think $ took that "One dollar down and you can drive off!" a bit too literally. Eye-wink Either that or Bush's repo man got it and auctioned it off to Halliburton to pay for Cheney's new huntin' shotgun. Smiling

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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 7:20am.

This is great news! Smiling

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 8:56pm.

Good news. What a horrible person. She should be stressed out, she killed two people. She should be remorseful. That is what bothers me the most. Everyone makes mistakes some bigger than others. People who are basically good show remorse. This woman is morally bankrupt.

Now if Git Real would stop picking on her.....

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 8:02am.

I have never agreed that "people who SHOW" remorse are good people!
I think you like people to beg you!
The key word you said was "show."

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:13pm.

Who was the Judge? If he did good please name him.

As for the Citizen Culprit I know who to blame. Tug13 and JaneAnnDoe1. Yeah...they're the trouble makers.

Sorry.... You gotta make fun of ignorance such as DUI excuses.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 7:13am.

You blame ME?? And Jane?? Well okay, whatever.

(I'm happy to accept the blame for this one!) Smiling

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Submitted by smartpanz on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:38pm.

The Honorable Judge Fletcher Sams was the Judge, and I was impressed at how he really "cracked the whip" on many others that appeared before Mrs. Painter. As she watched the five people ahead of her get their probation revoked, she began to cry.
Having twin daughters just two years older than her, the maternal part of me does feel for her, but when I look at the big picture...I just can't feel "sorry" for her, she obviously has no regard for human life.
Ya know, my girls used to refer to me as "Boot Camp Mommie" because I was quite strict and was the primary disiplinarian, but I will say this, they have never been in trouble, they aren't druggies or drinkers...guess I must have done something right!

Barbie Dunn

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:21pm.

Y'all have got to warn me when you are going to say things like that,
I get in trouble for laughing and spitting tea all over my work computer! Trouble makers . . .what a hoot, yup, need to be keeping an eye on Miss Tug and me.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 7:18am.

Good morning! I hope that was sweet tea you were spitting! Smiling

Well, they found us out. We're trouble makers.Sad
Now we have to live up to it. Smiling

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 7:51am.

Well, Miss Tug, ain't it the truth, troubl makers . . .gee I didn't know we were that obvious! LOL!

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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 7:59am.

Now we can really have some fun! Smiling Have a great day!

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Submitted by hutch866 on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:02pm.

I'm glad the judge got this one right.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 7:23pm.

I don't know why we are such softies on second and third DUIs. All it takes is one to kill someone. And to imagine the tears start to fall when one realizes they will have to live in incarceration for a while. but she will be alive to eat, drink, read, converse, sleep, study. The victims will not. That is where emotion should have weighed in. And the guilt should have kept this person from even considering driving after drinking, knowing what dangers vehicles can become. My hope is that she will emerge a better and stronger person.

Kevin "Hack" King

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