ANDERSON, Ind. (June 24, 2015) - The man accused of murdering another man and kidnapping his estranged wife and her young children violated a no contact order issued by a Madison County judge.
Mark Emerson is the suspect in the murder of Cody Gay. Court records show Gay was in a relationship with Emerson's estranged wife. Emerson stabbed and killed Gay, before kidnapping his wife and her young children. He was caught in Minnesota and the woman and her children were found unharmed.
Emerson is charged with murder and kidnapping. He also violated a court ordered no contact agreement. It was issued as part of his bond agreement for previous charges. He was charged in April for domestic battery, confinement, strangulation, and intimidation.
No contact orders are designed to help victims of domestic violence that don't seek help themselves. They're often times automatically issued by a judge in a case of abuse.
"The no contact order means that the defendant is to have absolutely no contact with the victim. No phone calls, emails, Facebook messages, don’t come to where they are," explains Anderson Victim Advocate, Lessa Johnson.
Emerson violated that order over the weekend by breaking into his wife's home.
“People who break the law sometimes disregard the judge’s order. They have no respect for the court, the law, or the judge, so they do what they intend to do," Johnson says.
If an offender breaks a protective order or no contact order, they will be arrested or summoned to court. The victim will also receive assistance.
Advocates say if a victim is fearful for their safety, to first call 911. Officers can help put you in touch with victims advocates who can guide you through the legal process and show you where to go to get help.
The Anderson Victim Advocate Office number is (765) 641-9673.
The Anderson Women's Shelter is open 24/7. Their number is (765) 643-0200.