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Double murder suspect previously ordered to stay away from ex-wife and child, court documents say

JT McLean
Boone County Sheriff's Office
JT McLean


The man accused of murdering a Fulton teacher and her daughter not only has previous run-ins with the law, but also previous familial disputes, including threats of violence, according to court documents.

JT McLean was charged with two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday in the deaths of his girlfriend, Allison Abitz, 43, and her daughter Jozee Abitz, 11. The two were found dead in their Boone County home on Sunday night. He has not been arrested.

Before his relationship with Abitz, McLean was married and had a child with a woman ABC 17 News is not naming to protect her identity. ABC 17 News called McLean and his brother and left a message on his brother's cellphone Wednesday night.

Court documents show McLean was ordered to stay away from his ex-wife and child in August 2017.

In 2016, a divorce agreement with his ex-wife was amended to only allow supervised visits with their child. In a motion to modify the agreement, McLean's former wife claimed he threatened her and her boyfriend in front of the child, would not use a car seat or seat belt when the child was in the car, was not taking prescribed medications to treat bipolar disorder and severe depression and threatened his former in-laws.

McLean was ordered in March of 2019 to get a psychological evaluation before seeing his child. Just seven months later, the courts said McLean was in contempt of the order when he didn't get the evaluation.

In June 2020, Boone County Judge Brouck Jacobs issued a full order of protection McLean's ex-wife after a temporary order was issued in May 2020. In the full order, McLean was banned from communicating with his former wife, including through their child.

However, McLean did not follow the limits of the order, documents show.

Last December, he was charged with violating the order of protection. Court documents say McLean messaged his ex-wife on Aug. 27, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14, 2020, threatening her to see their child.

McLean pleaded guilty to the violations this March and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says McLean has an address of a county road near Fulton but has ties to several cities. The sheriff's office said he was the last one to see the Abitzes alive, but has released no other information about the accusations against him or how the Abitzes died.

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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.


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