Man accused of killing his son’s mother had history of domestic assault, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Barry Medlock is accused of killing his son’s mother Sunday. He was believed to have his seven-month-old son until Tuesday, causing an Amber Alert to be issued. That alert has now been lifted.

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FOX13 did some digging, and this isn’t Medlock’s first run-in with the law.

According to Memphis Police, the search for Medlock and his seven-month-old son Braylon Clarke started after a woman was dropped off at Regional One Hospital Sunday. She died from a gunshot wound, according to police, and they believe Medlock pulled the trigger.

“I can guarantee that not the first time. Once you see those red flags, leave it alone and just leave,” said Rhonda Claxton.

The search for Medlock has pushed Claxton’s experience with domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband to the forefront of her mind.

And according to Medlock’s criminal record, it wasn’t the first time he’s been accused of assaulting someone. In February and January of last year and December 2019, he was charged with domestic assault.

“It’s very difficult for our clients to break away and say I’m done. It takes about seven tries to get away before a victim leaves the abuser,” said Ethele Hilliard.

Hilliard works at the Family Safety Center in Memphis. She works with victims of intimate partner domestic violence. The Family Safety Center offers counseling, emergency shelter and helps victims with getting orders of protection.

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“We get phone calls saying, please help me, and those average out to be about 7,500 a year,” said Hilliard.

“He tried to kill me and my children. That’s something thank God we got out of, but at the end of the day, get out, stay out,” Claxton said of her ex-husband. “He was dead serious: if I can’t have you, no one can have you. Cut my tires, sugar in my tank, bust my doors down.”

“Memphis, I will say it is hard to get those warrants out, order of protection, but if you get it, use it. Keep going down there and pressing for it,” said Claxton.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and would like to get help, click here to learn more about the Family Safety Center.