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Crime Trackers: Parents of murdered victim speak out

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TUCSON -

A convicted felon who shouldn't have had weapon used one and is accused of killing his wife.

King Yates, 22, is charged with first-degree murder.

Police say he shot and killed his wife Cassandra a little over a week ago.

News 4 Tucson uncovered some serious criminal behavior including domestic violence.

“He had tried to kill Cassie with a pair of scissors about a year and a half ago,” Ann and Fred Shaylor said.

Cassie came into the lives of Ann and Fred Shaylor when she was 15 months old. She was adopted and loved her parents dearly.

She called her dad every day to check on him. She would ask him, “Are you eating? Yes,he’d reply. She would then say, 'Okay I love you.'”

King Yates appeared in Superior Court on Monday. He entered a not guilty plea on an unrelated weapons violation. The victim's family is outraged.

“May the Lord of have mercy on his soul, but I have none,” Fred Shaylor said.

According to court documents, just days before, police say he shot and killed Cassandra. He was indicted on charges of being a prohibitive possessor. He was arrested and released on bond.

“Why did they let him out?” Ann Shaylor said.

The family cannot understand how he was allowed to walk the streets. They said their daughter was terrified of him. He was emotionally and physically abusive.

This is not his first brush with the law. Tucson City Court officials said he had been in city court on eight cases. Two of those involved domestic violence.

In 2012, another female victim, who has a child with Yates, filed a restraining order against him. She claimed he threatened her and her family on two occasions.

In June 2015, he had several pending drug charges, including a being a prohibitive possessor.

In a pretrial services report he stated, "He has been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, anxiety, depression and major depression.

The report recommended no personal recognizance or third party release.  The probation officer said, "His criminal history was a concern."

The document said, "The defendant was revoked from probation in 2013

Admitted to the Department of Corrections, he was released a year later.

The defendant had been arrested five times for misdemeanor offenses in the past three years

That is why pre-trial services recommended against releasing King Yates.

Court officials said in September, a jury acquitted him on the drug charges and released from custody.

As for the recent weapons violation charges, they said it was a victimless crime, so there was no victim to notify. In the meantime, Cassie's parents mourn her loss.

They saw her the night before she was murdered. Holding back tears, Ann said, “She told us she loved us, and we told her we loved her too.”

They will miss her, especially now that the holidays are here.

Cassandra’s Shaylor's services are scheduled for Saturday. The family is hoping by them coming out and telling their story that their daughter's death could save someone's life.

Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse provides domestic abuse crisis intervention and housing, prevention, education, support and advocacy services. For more information, call 1-888-428-0101 or visit emergecenter.org.

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