Dating an abuse survivor
Update October 20, a.m.: Nicole Beverly took the stand yesterday to testify against her ex-husband, and saw the man who has threatened her life and the lives of their sons for the first time since he was sent to prison for stalking her in 2012.After her testimony, Ann Arbor District Judge Karen Quinlan Valvo ruled that there is sufficient evidence for Kevin Beverly to stand trial against the new charges brought forward by Attorney General Bill Schuette.He is scheduled to appear in Washtenaw County Circuit Court on November 28, in addition to upcoming hearings in Jackson and Wayne counties.Update July 18, p.m.: Today, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that his office has filed multiple felony charges against Kevin Beverly, currently an inmate at Newberry Correctional Facility, for allegedly threatening to kill his former wife.He's now serving time for an aggravated stalking conviction.
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After four years of dating, the unlikely couple tied the knot on March 4 during a gorgeous ceremony at The Lange Farm in Dade City, Fla.
A smiling Melissa, her last facial nerve reconstructive surgery in the books, said “I Do” in front of 200 friends, family and six of the firefighters, EMT and doctors who also helped save her life. “I spent the worst and the best day of my life with Cameron.” “It was beautiful,” Hill, 42, tells PEOPLE.
"Back then, I didn't know the red flags to look for in dating in terms of someone with abusive personality," Beverly said.
"So the things that I thought were showing that he cared about me were more signs of jealousy and control." Kevin didn't like her friends, and often got angry when she would spend time with them. And then physical abuse started to creep into the marriage.
If convicted of the alleged crimes, Beverly could spend the rest of his life in prison. No word yet on what this means for Beverly's scheduled Aug. Michigan Radio is following this story and will have more later.