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Family members believe system didn't protect Louisville's latest murder victim

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A mother of five is Louisville's last murder victim.

Police believe 48-year-old Angie Thomas' boyfriend stabbed her to death and then left her in an apartment.

"She's always trying to do something for somebody else," said Kevin Thomas, the victim's son.

Surrounded by grieving family members, Kevin Thomas talked Wednesday about his mother and the people who love her.

"If you've ever been around my mother, you know, you're gonna leave with a laugh," he said. "And because somebody else decided to take matters into their own hands, my 11-year old brother is never going to be able to tell his mother he loves her."

Angie Thomas was stabbed to death inside her home in Park Hill last Friday, and no one was able to reach her for several days.

Thomas got the devastating news from a family member.

"When you get that type of news, you never want to believe it," he said.

Kevin Thomas headed to his mother's home, expecting and preparing for the worst.

"Saw the ambulance and saw the caution tape, and it is just when it started to set in that it was a reality."

Thomas' longtime boyfriend, James Robards, was arrested and charged with murder in the case.

"In this case, it doesn't surprise me," Kevin Thomas.

According to a police citation, a neighbor reported hearing the the couple arguing last Friday, Angie Thomas saying she had been stabbed and Robards leaving the home.

"He left my momma for dead, and then he went out the door, and he locked the door," Kevin Thomas said.

The neighbor thought the two were going to the hospital, but that was not the case.

"Christmas went by, nobody heard from her, people knocked on the door," Kevin Thomas said.

Meanwhile, according to his Facebook posts, Robards went to church on Christmas Day, and Thomas' body was not discovered until Tuesday.

"He's a psychopath," family members said.

Thomas' family said there's also a history of domestic violence.

"Courts ordered him to stay away from my mother, but he continuously went against what the court said," Kevin Thomas said.

Court records show Robards has three domestic violence convictions and two for violating an EPO.

"He just continuously pursued her ... until he just snapped and did the unthinkable," Kevin Thomas said.

The suspect was appointed a public defender, and his bond was raised to $250,000 full cash.

Right now, the are obviously devastated, but Kevin Thomas wants to work with the system to help protect other victims of domestic violence.

"It is just a shame, and I hope that in the future, when women are calling out for help, and when people are going downtown and asking for help, that there are just more measures taken to actually assist them, as opposed to just letting people back out on to the streets to go right back around people without no monitoring, without no nothing, just doing what they want to do."

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