Recent deaths of Colorado Springs women illustrate shortfalls in domestic violence reporting
Caption +

 

Show MoreShow Less

Jurors at a death penalty trial Wednesday viewed a scale replica of a slain woman's east Colorado Springs home, reproduced like a dollhouse down to its tiered roof and decorative white trim.

What the model left out, a friend of the victim testified, were her cameras, guns and security alarms - attempts by 28-year-old Janice Nam to protect herself from ex-boyfriend Glen Law Galloway after their rocky relationship allegedly gave way to harassment and threats.

"She was locked up like Fort Knox," said Jade Rabideaux, a former co-worker who recounted how Nam locked her doors even when letting her two dogs into a fenced-in backyard for a few minutes at a time.

Galloway, 46, an ex-Fort Carson soldier, is on trial for fatally shooting Nam in her bed, the second of two people slain by the defendant during a two-day killing spree in May 2016, authorities say.

At the time of Nam's death, Galloway was on the run after an October 2015 conviction for stalking her - the result of threatening behavior that also led Nam to repeatedly seek protective orders against him.

Rabideaux, the daughter of a Colorado Springs homicide sergeant, told the panel she befriended Nam when the two were hired in May 2015 to work at an Ent Federal Credit Union call center in Colorado Springs.

They took lunch together nearly every day and hung out dozens of times at Nam's house at 6042 Miramont St. near Tutt and Powers boulevards, where Nam felt safest, she said.

A home security system at was constantly armed, Rabideaux told the panel. At least six surveillance cameras kept watch over the first floor and monitored lanes of approach from outside the home, transmitting live footage to Nam's cellphone. Inside her bedroom, authorities say, were two loaded weapons - a pistol in her nightstand and a shotgun in the closet.

When Nam arrived home, she pulled into the two-door garage and didn't exit her vehicle until the garage door was closed.

"She was on high alert," Rabideaux said, saying Nam responded with alarm to any unusual behavior by her two dogs. "She would jump up and we would all check the windows and make sure the doors were locked."

Prosecutors say those security arrangements did nothing to deter Galloway, who cut off an ankle monitor and went into hiding a day before he was to be sentenced for stalking in January 2016. Five months later, at roughly 5 a.m. on May 30, he smashed his way through Nam's glass sliding doors, stormed upstairs as she lay sleeping and shot her twice in the head.

The surveillance cameras that Nam relied on to keep her safe captured her killer's path through the home, in footage also screened in court Wednesday. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt, the goateed figure heads up the stairs and comes back down less than a minute later, the video shows - glancing directly into a camera on his way out.

Galloway's court-appointed attorneys do not dispute that he killed Nam, but argue that he didn't have the culpable mental state to be convicted of first-degree murder.

During opening statements this week, they argued that Galloway suffered a mental break when he was forced to kill Marcus Anderson, a homeless friend, in self-defense. The next day, they said, he fatally shot Nam in a state of "emotional despair."

The trial is expected to last at least six weeks and marks El Paso County's first capital case in a decade.

Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. Thursday, which will be a half-day.

Tags

Reporter

I cover legal affairs for The Gazette, with an emphasis on the criminal courts. Tips to lance.benzel@gazette.com

Comments disabled.