May 3, 2005
Deborah Storey had started a new career two days before she was shot.
She passed the state’s licensing exam to become a real estate agent on Friday morning. That afternoon, she joined her live-in boyfriend, Vincent "Rocky" Dziepak, to work at a north Scottsdale real estate office.
On Monday, Storey was recovering from a gunshot wound. Her boyfriend was dead. And her estranged husband was in critical condition, accused by police of the shootings.
Police said Storey’s husband, Charles, killed Dziepak at his Phoenix home on Sunday with multiple gun shots, then fired a bullet through Deborah Storey’s throat.
Afterward, Charles Storey turned the gun on himself, said Sgt. Randy Force, Phoenix police spokesman.
Nearly three months earlier, Deborah Storey filed for divorce after 26 years of marriage, Maricopa County Superior Court records show. She had stated there was no history of domestic abuse.
Deborah Storey, 50, was expected to survive the attack. Her condition was changed Monday to critical from guarded, Force said.
Charles Storey, a 57-yearold corporate executive, remained in critical condition Monday a John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain in Phoenix, Force said.
Deborah Storey and Dziepak met in October, said Dave Messner, owner of the RE/MAX branch the couple was to work in.
The state agency confirmed Monday that Deborah Storey was licensed last week.
Charles Storey was vice president of human resources for 180 Connect, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based technical services company, said Gerry Thorning, the company’s chief operating officer.
Deborah Storey was asking for a share of her husband’s salary in alimony — $3,737 a month or roughly $45,000 a year, court records show.