Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

After Jealous Spree, 5 Kids without Mom; Woman in Love-Triangle Slaying Told Grandmother 'He's Going to Kill Me'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

After Jealous Spree, 5 Kids without Mom; Woman in Love-Triangle Slaying Told Grandmother 'He's Going to Kill Me'

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Byline: Dana Treen

PALATKA | A Putnam County woman killed Wednesday was so afraid of her former boyfriend that she braced windows in her home to protect against him and told her grandmother she feared she would die.

"She said, 'Grandma, that boy said he's going to kill me,' " Betty Jean Hodges said Thursday sitting in her granddaughter's driveway. "She told me that the other day."

Detret Latrell Burley's fear came to a horrific conclusion Wednesday in the parking lot of an East Palatka seafood restaurant where she and her escort, Travis Lavearl Hall, 40, were gunned down as they arrived, authorities said.

The shooter, Johnny Stephenodonta Kemp, 30, turned the gun on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Burley, 37, had a rocky relationship with Kemp and had recently broken away from him, her family said. She also had sought an injunction against him for repeated violence in 2013.

Her grandmother, who was visiting from Daytona Beach this week, said she heard them on the phone Sunday.

"They were fussing," Hodges said. "She said, 'I am going to get myself right with God. I don't want you.' "

The three died in the parking lot of Corky Bell's Seafood & Steaks at 185 S. U.S. 17 in East Palatka about 6:50 p.m., said Sgt. Hancel Woods of the Sheriff's Office.

"Sources familiar with the situation have indicated Kemp learned that Hall and Burley would be together at the restaurant and went there to confront them," Woods said. "Burley reportedly was attempting to end a romantic relationship with Kemp, and jealousy appears to be his motive for the shooting."

Burley and Hall recently began seeing each other and had a former relationship, family members said. Hall was married but only living with his wife periodically.

"He was my best friend ever," his wife, Joyce Dickison, said. …

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