• Lawyer specializing in domestic violence cases arrested on domestic violence charge

    By: Jason Kelly , Samantha Manning


    TAVARES, Fla. - A Tavares attorney who specializes in protecting victims of domestic violence was arrested in Lake County on a domestic violence charge.

    Deputies said Barrett Burnette stalked his ex-girlfriend and vandalized her Orange County home and car Tuesday.

    Burnette ripped out a flagpole and used it to smash a taillight on the car before he threw the flagpole through a window of the home, an arrest report said.

    Investigators said a woman in the home told them she thought Burnette was trying to break in to kill her.

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    The suspect is also accused of throwing a vodka bottle through a car window.

    Deputies said Burnette's ex-girlfriend told them the pair were in an on-again-off-again relationship for 10 years.

    The woman said she broke up with him July 2 because he beat her and took her cellphone, the report said.

    Investigators said she told them he has been involved in three domestic violence incidents in the last week.

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    Deputies said Burnette drove to Lake County, where he was arrested.

    When Channel 9's Samantha Manning called Burnette's office Wednesday, a woman who answered the phone said he had no comment before hanging up.

    Court records said Burnette was previously charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend in 2016.

    Records said that case was closed, but it is unclear if the case was dropped or how it ended.

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