- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 29, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Weeks before his death, Rob Andrew warned police someone was trying to kill him.
Someone had cut the brake lines on his car, then tried to lure him onto the highway with a telephone call telling him his wife had been hurt in a wreck, he told police.
By Nov. 20, the 39-year-old advertising executive lay dead, gunned down in the garage of his home.
His estranged wife, Brenda, and the couple's two children never showed at the funeral. And by the time prosecutors charged her and her insurance-agent boyfriend with murder, they were gone.
Investigators now fear she and her boyfriend have fled the country with the children.
Brenda Andrew was a Girl Scout leader and homeroom mom whom family members call incapable of violent crime. They fear she has been abducted.
"She may have, God forbid, met the same fate Rob did," said the family's attorney, Greg McCracken.
After the slaying, Mrs. Andrew, 37, had told police two masked robbers shot her and her husband, leaving her with a superficial gunshot wound to her arm.
Their children, ages 7 and 10, were inside, unharmed.
At the time, the Andrews were divorcing, and Mr. Andrew had told police he feared his wife and her boyfriend, James Pavatt, 48, were trying to kill him to collect on an $800,000 life-insurance policy Mr. Pavatt had sold him. Nobody ever collected on the policy.
After the slaying, police searched Mr. Pavatt's apartment and seized a name-change document, a black book containing a list of weapons and ammunition, and two .22-caliber bullets not the type used to shoot Mr. Andrew.
Police were told Mrs. Andrew and Mr. Pavatt had been asked to stop teaching Sunday school at North Pointe Baptist Church as rumors circulated that they were having an affair. Mr. Pavatt and Mr. Andrew were deacons at the church.
Despite two police reports from Mr. Andrew on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, Sgt. Cris Cunningham said officers had no reason to suspect Mrs. Andrew at the time of the crime or put her under surveillance.
"Those allegations had not been substantiated," Sgt. Cunningham said. "You still have to have a little thing called probable cause."
Although a mechanic found Mr. Andrew's brakes had been cut, Mr. McCracken, the family lawyer, said Mr. Andrew did not mention it at a hearing days later where he allowed his estranged wife custody of the children.
"I don't believe he would have allowed someone he thought was conspiring to kill him to have those children," Mr. McCracken said.
Rob and Brenda Andrew's families are now seeking custody of the children.

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