Selami Ozdemir got a second chance. Instead of facing charges that he abused his wife, the West Haven
man got a deal: If he completed a 9-week course on family violence, the
charges would be erased from his record. No prosecution, no jail time.
But that’s not what happened.
Nearly a month before his first class was to start, Ozdemir abused his wife again. When he got out of custody, he returned home and shot her four times before killing himself.
The case has led to calls for changes in the way the state deals with
domestic violence offenders, including adding more slots to the family
violence education program so offenders do not go months without
counseling or supervision, as Ozdemir did.
But State Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz has raised a different concern: Why was Ozdemir given a second chance at all?
(Above Photo of Selami Ozdemir courtesy of West Haven Police Department)