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UPDATE: Family of Brookfield shooting victim wants GPS monitoring for domestic abusers


MADISON (WKOW) -- The brother of a woman murdered by her estranged husband wants state lawmakers to do more to protect domestic violence victims.

Radcliffe Haughton killed his wife Zina Haughton and two other women at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield on October 21st, just three days after a judge issued a restraining order against him.

Friends and relatives of Zina Haughton, believe a memorial service for her on Sunday afternoon, may not have been necessary if Radcliffe Haughton had been forced to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Elvin Daniel, Zina's brother, says he will talk to lawmakers in the coming weeks about making that a requirement of all domestic abuse restraining orders.

"I think we can talk about it.  I don't think its realistic," said Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison).

Rep. Berceau co-sponsored legislation that will become law next January, which gives judges the ability to assign GPS monitoring to people who violate restraining orders.

But she's not sure its wise to expand that law.

"I think we might have the case where judges might be somewhat reluctant then to order a restraining order, because there are quite a few restraining orders that are issued," said Rep. Berceau.   

Putting a monitoring device on everyone with a restraining order may also be cost-prohibitive.

An estimate by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows the Wisconsin Department of Corrections will already pay more than one $1 million per year for the law that goes into effect January 1st.

Adding everyone with a restraining order to that list could increase that cost ten-fold.
"I think the key here still is that police have to follow the mandatory arrest law," said Rep. Berceau.

That's something police in Brown Deer didn't do when they responded to a call at the Haughton's home last year.

"The other thing that we definitely need is follow-up in terms of removing guns from anyone who has a domestic abuse restraining order," said Rep. Berceau.

There is a law that requires anyone facing a restraining order to turn over any weapons they have to law enforcement, but there's no verification in place to ensure that happens.

In the case of Radcliffe Haughton, he actually purchased the gun he used in the killings two days after the restraining order was issued.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The brother of murder victim Zina Haughton will meet with legislators soon to discuss the possibility of a law that would require GPS monitoring of all domestic abuse suspects who are under restraining orders.

That would allow victims to know when the offender is nearby and gave police the ability to track their movements.

Zina Haughton and two other women were shot and killed by Zina's estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton, on October 21 at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield where Zina worked.

Radcliffe Haughton then shot and killed himself.

A Milwaukee County judge had issued a four-year restraining order just three days prior to shootings, which prohibited Radcliffe Haughton from contacting Zina Haughton and from possessing a firearm.

Zina's brother, Elvin Daniel, says he wants to see all victims of domestic abusers with restraining orders to have the peace of mind and safety that GPS monitoring would provide.

Just this past April, Gov. Scott Walker singed Wisconsin Act 266 into law, which allows courts the discretion to assign a GPS monitor in such cases where a restraining order is violated.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is following this story and will have more on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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