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Woman waits 12 years for justice after her ex shot her

The case started in September 2005 when Diona Clark was shot by her estranged boyfriend.
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Diona Clark's scars show where the bullet ripped through her wrist. Another just missed her heart.

Clark says she thought she was going to die when her ex-boyfriend came to her apartment on Shrock Road in September 2005 and shot her at point blank range.

Larry Belcher, her ex-boyfriend, later shot himself in the head. Police at the time didn't think he would survive his injury.

Not only did Belcher awake from a coma a month later, police never bothered to check to see if he was alive.

By the time police realized he lived, the statute of limitations for attempted murder had expired six years ago.

"I'm not going to get closure, the justice system failed me," said Clark.

The case got the attention of State Representative Bernadine Kennedy Kent who met with the Columbus Division of Police to get answers.

In a letter to Chief Kim Jacobs, she recalled how she met with Deputy Chief Richard Bash, Commander Michael Gray and Columbus Public Safety Deputy Director Kate Pishotti.

The letter read, "Deputy Bash acknowledged the Columbus Division of Police had dropped the ball in Ms. Clark's case and apologized profusely."

Representative Kennedy Kent says she also asked if the Chief had any policy in place outlining what is the procedure when an alleged violent perpetrator initially considered to be medically incompetent to arrest and charge then becomes medically competent to arrest and charge well within the statute of limitations.

The department says they were not aware of any policy but planned to look into it.

During the crime, Clark claims her ex-boyfriend held her hostage in her apartment.

If true, Belcher can be charged with kidnapping; the statute of limitations for that crime is 20-years.

10TV contacted Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien who says he's waiting on police to provide him with a case.