Brother of Walton County woman murdered last week speaks out

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A family is devastated after they said the legal system let them and their loved one down.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 5 News Kaitie Mobley’s estranged husband, Jerome Mobley, murdered her last week.

Joshua Smith said the warning signs were evident in the nearly decade-long marriage between his younger sister Kaitie Mobley and her husband Jerome.

“Look at the charges, terroristic threats, simple battery, fleeing, reckless conduct, obstruction of an officer,” said Smith.

Court records show Mobley was arrested in January. Mobley was released on $13,000 bond with conditions he stays away from Kaitie and their two children. But records also show Mobley violated the conditions when he made contact with Kaitie through text messages and family. The Walton County District Attorney’s Office requested his bond be revoked. The request was denied by Walton County Chief Magistrate Mike Burke.

“The District attorney did what they were supposed to do. They took it to the judge they said ‘Hey, look, he’s not doing what he’s supposed to do.’ For whatever reason it wasn’t listened to,” said Smith.

Judge Burke did not respond to calls from FOX 5 News about Jerome Mobley, who according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed the mother of two last Wednesday.

“He was allowed to be in society and as a direct result my niece and nephew don’t have a mother anymore,” said Smith.

Mobley was captured last Friday when a teen and his dad spotted him out of a hayfield near their home.  Investigators said Mobley shot himself in the face and is recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital and will be returned to Walton County after he recovers to face trial for the murder of Kaitie Mobley.

“She enjoyed life to the fullest every single day and no matter the situation she was in she tried to make the best of it. She was truly a beautiful soul,” said Smith.

Court records also show Judge Burke denied a request from Mobley’s attorney for him to have visitation with his children away from their mother.

Joshua Smith said his sister was buried this past weekend.

The family lives in the Lake Sinclair area in Baldwin County.

A GoFundMe account was set up for the two children, a boy and girl. Anyone can donate at

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