VICTIMS’ NEIGHBORS: ‘WE NEVER THOUGHT THINGS WOULD GO THIS FAR’
It was a somber scene at the Sky Ranch neighborhood again today, as neighbors continue processing Thursday’s tragedy.
Victor Neal Prentice, 65, was arrested Thursday and is facing capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of Ruby Prentice, 65, and Justin Marquise Prentice, 20. Victor Prentice got into a seven-hour standoff with police after the shooting, which happened on 20th Avenue East, near Jug Factory Road.
Tuscaloosa Homicide investigators said they’ve responded to the Prentices’ home on several occasions for domestic violence. His neighbors said they never thought things would go this far.
Local agency Turning Point provides domestic violence and sexual assault services to women and men in West Alabama. Executive Director Amy Foster said domestic violence is unfortunately common.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events,” she said. “And we know that the most dangerous time is when the batterer feels like he is losing control over her, and it’s typically when she leaves or threatens to leave. And unfortunately, the consequence can be homicide.”
Judy and Justin Prentice’s deaths are the 11th and 12th homicides in Tuscaloosa County this year. The county has averaged 15 homicides a year in the past four years.
If you are experiencing any form of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, you can call Turning Point’s 24-hour hotline at 205-758-0808 or visit them online here.