Order of protection details alleged abuse months before UT Martin student’s death

UNION CITY, TN — We have new details about the months leading up to a University of Tennessee at Martin student’s death.

Obion County Sheriff’s Department says deputies found 20-year-old Decora Alexander dead Saturday night at her ex-boyfriend’s home in Union City, Tennessee. She had been stabbed multiple times.

There was an active order of protection between Alexander and her ex-boyfriend, Tony Mosley. He has a long criminal history dating back to an aggravated domestic assault charge from 2006.

Alexander filed an order of protection in May 2018. One month later, Mosley violated that order by trying to bribe her with $4,000 to drop the charges. He was put on house arrest seven days later. That order was active until August of this year. 

Mary Foley with the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah says women and girls between the ages of 16 to 24 are most at risk for domestic violence.

“Leaving isn’t an event. It’s a process, and it takes place over time,” Foley says.

Alexander’s family says she never mentioned any relationship to them.

“I think what is heartbreaking in all cases, but certainly this case — there was a level of her sort of internally knowing ‘This is getting bad, and I need to get out. But many times victims are short of telling others how bad, how scared, how in danger they are,” Foley says.

In Alexander’s order of protection, she said Mosley hit her and forced her to do sexual things.

“For her to have had the courage to put that down I think took a tremendous amount of courage, and we have to go to the place where we understand that this is a cycle. This is dangerous. And those two sentences are enough,” Foley said.

Funeral arrangements for Alexander have not yet been announced. A balloon release and candle lighting has been scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the UT Martin campus.

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