GRAVETTE, Jeanina Renee

Jeanina Renee Gravette

Birth: January 14, 1981
Death: June 14, 2018


DOTHAN… Jeanina Renee Gravette, a resident of Dothan, formerly of Abbeville, died Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2018 in a Dothan hospital. She was 37.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 18, 2018 in Calvary Baptist Church in Abbeville with Reverend Teddy Ward officiating. Interment will follow in Gardens of Memory, between Headland and Dothan. Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanina was a native of Abbeville where she was a graduate of Abbeville Christian Academy. She was formerly employed with Swedish Match in Dothan. Jeanina was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Sara Gravette.

Surviving relatives include her mother, Tina Arnold Rogers (Michael Miller), Abbeville; her father, Robert Gene Gravette, II (Dana), Panama City, FL; her maternal grandparents, Wallace and Betty Jean Arnold, Headland; two sisters, Jennifer Lea Rogers (James Ross) and Caitlin Hatcher; brother, Ryan Gravette (Christin); her birth children, Caden and Mark Foster; niece and nephew, Kendell Brown and Brooklyn Brown.

Criminal Details
By Ken Curtis – July 20, 2018

Death of Dothan woman could be a murder case

logo wtvyNewville, AL (WTVY)– What first appeared to be a traffic wreck that killed a Dothan woman could turn into a murder case. Investigators plan to present evidence related to the death of 37-year old Jeanine Gravette to a Henry County Grand Jury next month.

“On June 24, the Ford Fusion she was driving ran off County Road 7 near Newville and went into some trees,” said Henry County Sheriff’s Investigator Keith Cauthen.

Badly hurt, emergency crews rushed Gravette to a Dothan hospital where she was on life support until she died several days later.

However, an accident report obtained by WTVY shows a state trooper concluded that Gravette’s injuries were not caused by the crash. The more investigators examined evidence, the more they became suspicious.

Her body was found several yards away from the car, near the side of the roadway. While the report doesn’t suggest murder, the case was turned over to county investigators who say they have worked up to 70 hours a week seeking answers.

However, Gravette’s mother thinks she already has the answer, believing her daughter’s longtime boyfriend, LaFelix Thomas, killed her daughter. “She was in a domestic violence situation (with Thomas) for about 10 years,” Tina Rodgers said.

Thomas’ criminal history shows numerous arrests for illegal drugs, theft, burglary and, in 2005, domestic violence. While that case didn’t involve Gravette, Rodgers claims Thomas abused her daughter so badly she was forced to find refuge in a shelter for battered women.

Court records show Rodgers, on behalf of Gravette, sought a protection order against Thomas while her daughter was hospitalized.

Investigator Cauthen stops short of calling Gravette’s death murder but said she suffered extensive injuries that he doesn’t believe the wreck caused.

While he declined to discuss whether she had been sexually molested Rodgers, in the protection order, claimed Thomas is under investigation for raping and beating her daughter who suffered three skull fractures.

Thomas was unreachable for comment because he is now in prison on a parole violation not related to Gravette’s death.

Reports also indicate there could be a second man involved who fled the scene.

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