Before there was a murder trial; before there was a court-martial trial; there was a court hearing that set in motion all that was to follow. The argument that led to Kit asking for a divorce occurred on September 5, 2012. Joan was granted an emergency protective (EPO) order against Kit the next day. Kit and McKenzie were forced to live in hotels and army barracks until a hearing could be held in front of a judge to determine if the EPO could continue.
If the judge found in Joan’s favor, it would have had serious repercussions for Kit and his military career. He smartly hired a lawyer to represent him. Joan did not.
In this video clip, you’ll hear Kit describe the events that led to him asking for a divorce. You’ll also get a glimpse into Joan’s mindset.
Joan was not granted an extension on the EPO. There were, however, some things that occurred during the hearing that would factor in the court-martial trial. I’ll leave that for another time.
The video is poor quality and you may need to turn up your volume. One last note: In the video you will notice a tall man wearing a white shirt and tie. He is Officer Frye, one of the responding officers on the night of September 5. He is standing close to Joan’s podium, wanting to make sure he hears all of the testimony. You’ll get to hear from Officer Frye as well.