Chief Investigative Reporter

Jeremy Finley is the chief investigator for News4 Investigates. His reporting has resulted in criminal convictions, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, and the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The two women killed in two cases of domestic violence predicted their own deaths when talking with investigators, according to documents obtained by the News4 Investigates team.

It’s chilling now to read what Mayra Garcia and Temptress Peebles wrote just days before their murders. It came as News4 Investigates found that their orders of protection were never served because the men couldn’t be found.

Garcia and Peebles both wrote that their boyfriends were “capable of killing me.”

Days after they swore out the warrants, the women were killed – police say at the hands of those ex-boyfriends.

News4 Investigates found while the vast majority of orders of protections have been served this year, 152 have not, including Garcia’s and Peebles’ because the subjects couldn’t be located, despite repeated attempts.

“My staff had a very hard time with that, knowing that we did everything we could do with what we had,” said Shirley Bean, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Garcia and Peebles’ orders show they weren’t just concerned.

Garcia wrote, just seven days before her murder, that Jermaine Agee hit her on the face several times. She was so afraid Agee would harm her, she had police escort her from her daughter’s school to the Family Safety Center where she filed her warrant.

Peebles wrote 12 days before she was murdered that Brandon Horton hit her in her face with his fist and started to choke her, writing, “Brandon has threatened to kill me before.”

As News4 reported on Friday, Agee’s case was particularly difficult for warrant officers. The order had no Nashville address for him, given that he lived out of state and Garcia had no idea where he was living.

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