Flowers Accused of Violent Behavior Prior to Friday's Deadly Standoff - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/23/03

Flowers Accused of Violent Behavior Prior to Friday's Deadly Standoff

Lubbock Sheriff's Office Lubbock Sheriff's Office

New information on the fatal hostage standoff from Friday that reveals a pattern of abuse that dates back to last year.

The standoff took place at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of 65th Drive. That's where 24 year-old Jason Flowers took his former girlfriend, 23 year-old Michelle King, hostage for more than 15 hours. The standoff ended in a murder-suicide around 8:00 p.m. on Friday. According to police reports, this was not Flowers' first instance of violent behavior towards King.

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Flowers was arrested in October of 2002 after a motorist noticed him pulling King's hair as the two were driving. An assault charge was dropped against Flowers in favor of a lesser charge.

Then, a year later on October 17th, after King broke off the relationship with Flowers, a neighbor called police to report a man with a backpack outside King's apartment. Just three days later, Flowers broke into King's apartment and chased her and her sister with a knife.

Before police arrived, King left behind a backpack containing two knives, duct tape, handcuffs, gloves, a flashlight, and a camcorder. Flowers was arrested on a charge of burglary with intent to commit a felony.

He posted bail on the condition that he would not contact king. He was released on Friday, October 31st, three weeks to the day that King was killed.

Lubbock authorities have attentively scheduled a news conference for Monday to disclose the current status of this investigation. NewsChannel 11 will cover that conference and bring you latest information as it becomes available.

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