CHATTANOOGA — A Nurse who assist the doctor to keep patience healthy suddenly turn Devil supporter and shot her ex husband in the groin inside his chiropractic clinic while their two young daughters were waiting outside mention in her diary that she need to create "Portals of exit" for demonic spirits.
Tina Loher, 41, a registered nurse from Eidson, had written in a diary obtained by investigators after the July 10 shooting in Signal Mountain that left 38-year-old Terrance "Terry" Loher seriously wounded, Hamilton County Detective Rodger Brown said. She had also been taken to a hospital briefly with a head injury. She has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of reckless endangerment.
The accused woman stood in court in a jail jumpsuit at her initial appearance hearing. Her ex-husband, who underwent surgery for the gunshot, was seated in a wheelchair about 20 feet away at the hearing. He cried as he asked the judge to deny her bond.
Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Ronald Durby increased Tina Loher's $140,000 bond to $600,000.
Records show the Lohers are involved in an ongoing court dispute over the children.
Brown said Tina Loher's' diary contained an entry that included: "Terry is filled with three demonic spirits. One is assigned to me, one to each of my children. The purpose is to destroy us. The only way Terry will stop trying to destroy us is if the spirits exit his body today. I will have to create three portals of exit, that way they can leave."
Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox told the judge the accused woman is a danger to the community and intends to "finish the job" if she's freed.
Defense attorney Myrlene Marsa, who requested a reduced bond, said after the hearing that she did not expect her client would be able to come up with the bond money. Meanwhile, the case is being presented to a grand jury.
Investigators have said Tina Loher drove with her two daughters, ages 5 and 7, and left them in the parking lot when she confronted Terrance Loher in the clinic. They fought, and shots were fired. A patient and a receptionist in the clinic were not hurt.
Employees of a nearby business told the Chattanooga Times Free Press after the shooting that the 7-year-old daughter told them her mother was not a bad person but was just mad.
"The 7-year-old knew what was going on and knew what (her mom) was going to do," Karin Chattin-Davis told the newspaper.
Tennessee Department of Children's Services employees picked up the girls.
The accused woman's father, Kenneth Jones, said outside the courtroom that he and her mother traveled to the hearing from Saint Pauls, N.C., "in support of our daughter. We love her very much."