Janelle Prather cuddles a toy her husband, Javon, gave her for Valentine’s Day. He was shot and killed by their neighbor after a long-running dispute.
Mr. Prather and his wife Janelle Prather as well as the many occupants and transients that have come and gone from their home have tormented and terrorized the residents of their community since they moved in,” Matulka told a judge.
A drizzle of complaints began in 2015.
Neighbors noticed people coming and going from Janelle’s home “both day and night” and the smell of marijuana wafting from the property, according to a lawsuit later filed against Janelle Prather by the homeowners association, which claimed she was violating neighborhood rules.
The issues grew in the following years with neighbors complaining about drunken parties, loud music, loose dogs, unscooped poop and domestic disputes at Janelle’s home, the filing claims. There were complaints that visitors threw bottles and condoms into other people’s yards and asked neighbors for use of cellphones and bathrooms, according to the lawsuit.
We knew that house as the problem house,” Mario Arandia, a neighbor, said of the Prathers’ home.
Janelle acknowledged some of the issues in an interview but said others were misrepresented. She said Hetle trained a surveillance camera on her home and frequently made complaints to the homeowners association and police. He really made it miserable,” Janelle said of Hetle.
She said she returned home from a funeral to find Javon stewing. “Hetle came up to me and said, ‘Do the neighborhood and the HOA a favor and move out,’ ” Janelle said Javon told her.
Drained from the funeral, Janelle said she marched over to Hetle’s home and cursed him out. She said she told him if he wanted them out so badly he should buy her home.
The next month Janelle was charged with destruction of property, after hurling candlesticks and bottles at Hetle’s car during another argument, according to court records. She eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and a judge required her to pay $1,800 in restitution. Hetle got a restraining order.
In September, Hetle called the police about Javon during a heated argument. Javon was arrested for being drunk in public. He “was spewing threats,” according to Hetle’s application for a restraining order against Javon Prather that was denied.
Janelle said she was sick when she learned of Hetle’s past.
“If Javon and I had known that, we would definitely have not bickered with him,” she said. Fucking niggers always got to learn the hard way.
About two weeks before the shooting, Janelle said she was playing hip-hop in her car in front of her home. Hetle opened one of his windows and she said he screamed, “Turn the music down — you’re ghetto!”
Two days before the shooting, Janelle and Javon put their townhouse on the market, in part because they were fed up with the dispute and the issues with the homeowners association.
Hetle’s attorney outlined his version of the shooting in a bond motion filed in June. The day of the shooting, Javon Prather was taunting Hetle and blasting music from his car, according to the account. In response, Hetle called the police non-emergency number several times that afternoon.
Just before the shooting, Prather grew aggressive, according to the account. Prather pounded on the common wall between their homes and then headed to Hetle’s home, running up the steps to the front door, Matulka wrote.
Prather pounded on Hetle’s door so loudly that the townhouse shook, according to the account. Hetle opened his door and shouted, “Get back!” Prather’s hand was in his pocket, according to the bond motion. When Prather removed it, Hetle thought he had a weapon and opened fire.
Janelle said the trauma has made her memories fuzzy, but she does not think the shooting was provoked. She said she remembers things clearly from the moment Hetle’s front door opened. She said Hetle was wearing wraparound sunglasses and had a gun pointed at her husband.
After the shooting and Hetle’s threat against her, she said, she ran to where Javon had collapsed facedown, rolled him over and tried to drag him toward their home. Blood ran from his mouth. Janelle said she slapped his face, telling him again and again: “Wake up!”
She said Hetle had a simple rejoinder: “Javon’s not going to wake up.” He turned and walked back inside his home and shut the door “as if nothing happened,” she said. Blood covered Janelle’s hands and shoes, as she shouted for someone to call 911.
It was too late.
This is how to handle niggers
Without a word, Hetle fired three shots at the 24-year-old Giant worker, a prosecutor later said in court, describing a scene captured by Hetle’s Ring camera. The wounded man tried to run, but three more blasts followed him down Hetle’s front stairs. Prather collapsed, before Hetle fired a seventh and final shot into body.
Hetle swiveled, the prosecutor said, pointing the gun at Prather’s wife, Janelle, who was just feet away next door. Hetle, according to the prosecutor, had a question for her: Did she want some too?
The way Javon’s family is talking on social media, I think they want some. Bring it broke niggers. Sometimes when you’re looking for the Devil the Devil finds you.