(CBS) –Will County prosecutors are now charging Erick Maya with two counts of first degree murder. The victim, Briana Valle was taken off life support over the weekend.
The CBS 2 investigators found Briana’s mother obtained protection orders in Cook and Will counties to try and stop Maya from harassing and threatening her.
But as Pam Zekman reports what happened highlights how an archaic law can complicate helping victims of domestic violence.
Briana Valle was 13 when she met 21-year-old Erik Maya on Facebook and for a time she was obsessed by him, according to court documents.
But last December in Will county where she lived, Briana’s mother got an order of protection after she described how Maya had harassed Briana, even texting that, “he was planning to bring 30 guys” to her home “kidnap my daughter,” “rape her” and “make her bleed.”
After Briana’s mother got an order of protection in Will County. Under the law she had to bring it to Cook County for the sheriff to serve. She did that twice.
“When people seek protection from the system and they find themselves in an inter county situation,” said Cara Smith of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. “We have the burden of delivering the paper fall on the victim is outrageous.”
And it wastes valuable time
“In 2014 when we have instant communications, we are left with this just sort of absurd process,” said Smith.
The sheriff’s office says they tried to serve Maya six times at his Cicero address, the last just days before Maya allegedly shot Briana and her mother in their driveway.
“When these shortcomings in the law are exposed they need to be addressed. It won’t change the horrible outcome here, but perhaps it will assist others in the future,” said Smith.