Man charged in Friday’s murder was Huntsville school bus driver; ex begged for protection from courts

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Warren Hardy, accused of killing 72-year-old Kathleen Lundy on Friday evening in Huntsville, was targeted with a restraining order from his ex-girlfriend the week of the murder.

Court documents show Hardy's ex-girlfriend filed for the protection order on Wednesday, two days before the shooting. It was granted the same day, with a hearing set for the next week.

Huntsville Police say Hardy kidnapped her daughter and stepfather from her apartment and forced them to drive to Morland Pointe, where the shooting happened. Police say Hardy forced his ex into the car at gunpoint, when the stepfather managed to drive away.

According to the police, Hardy then found Lundy leaving the residence, demanded her keys, and shot her to death before driving away in her car. He caught up to his ex-girlfriends car and fired multiple shots into it. He fled to Tennessee.

The documents say Hardy was a bus driver for Durham School Services in Huntsville.

The filing says Hardy was unhappy about their breakup and "his anger often fuels his violence."

It details a troubling relationship, claiming that Hardy put his hands around his then-girlfriend's neck on multiple occasions.

The narrative in the Petition for Protection from Abuse starts in March of 2015. In the petition, his ex writes after a steady start to the relationship, "Mr. Hardy started to show anger out of simple things, particularly things that were out of his control."

"He would often grab me by the arms, shake me, throw me down on the couch, bed or floor. He would often come back apologizing, promising that he wouldn't do it again, and that if I would talk to him the correct way, that I wouldn't trigger this violent side of him," his ex writes, "I had convinced myself that his anger was my fault."

"I lived my life constantly worrying about his next violent outburst."

She says in the court records that she left their apartment in July.

At that point, she says he used photos he had obtained of her by linking his tablet to her phone  to blackmail her. She says her six-year-old is terrified of him.

The Saturday before the murder, Hardy's ex says he insisted on coming over, even when she told him not to. After that night, she got him banned from her apartment complex, turned off all her cell phones so he couldn't reach her, changed cell phone providers, deleted him from social media, told friends not to share her information, told her employer not to let him near the premises, and contacted her daughter's elementary school to warn them.

She wrote in her request to the court, "It is my hope that this document is my final guarantee that he can no longer harm or threaten me, as well as intimidate my daughter."

Hardy's work as a bus driver

WHNT News 19 contacted Durham Services to ask about Hardy's employment as a bus driver. Company spokesperson Molly Hart issued this statement:

"Prior to employment, all bus driver applicants undergo a screening process which includes a drug and alcohol test, criminal background check and MVR check. I can confirm that on the date of the incident, the employee was on leave from our company and was not driving a route. The employee will be on indefinite leave."