By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
Tina Tomlinson was just “plain fun,” her family recalled.
The mother of two and dedicated grandmother was someone family could look to for a good time.
“She was a hoot,” the late Max Tomlinson told The Herald Bulletin for a story published May 11, 2005. “Everybody loved Tina.”
Max and Tina were married for nearly 15 years but separated after Max was seriously injured after he was hit by a vehicle. His injuries were too difficult for Tina to handle, but the two stayed close, Max said.
Tina, 48, was killed after a dispute in the Alexandria home she shared with Voney L. Greenhill, now 46. During Greenhill’s trial several causes of death were presented, including blunt force trauma, strangulation and asphyxiation.
Greenhill is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence after being found guilty of the Class B felonies of aggravated battery and confinement. His earliest release date, according to the Indian Department of Correction, is May 6, 2013.
The story of Tina’s death is a strange one but can be pieced together using court documents and testimony.
After a night of bar hopping, the couple returned to Tina’s home where they argued. Tina could get violent after drinking, according to documents. Greenhill tied her up — even binding her around her neck — to protect himself and others in the home, he claimed.
Tina’s daughter, Sarah Gardzalla, later discovered her mother unresponsive. Tina was pronounced dead at the hospital.
That night, Greenhill had hit Tina several times with his hands and other objects before tying her up. And he did have a record that included violent acts. In 1998, he was arrested for violating a protective order filed by his wife. When police came to arrest him, they found his home full of more than 130 neglected exotic pets, some of which were so hungry they had started eating each other. Animal cruelty is often a precursor to domestic violence, expert say.
Tina, a 1975 graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School, was a petty officer 1st class in the Navy before being discharged in 1987. She had managed a pizza restaurant and months before her death had received her real estate license.
Family said Tina enjoyed dancing, bowling, family and, especially, her grandchildren. She had two daughters, Sarah and Meaghan; she was proud of them.
Max, in that 2005 newspaper interview, said Tina loved having cookouts and spending time with family and friends.
“Her girls love her very much,” Max said. “(Tina) was like a mother hen.”
He also described her as “independent and headstrong.”
“She was set in her ways when it came to politics and religion,” Max said. “I would sometimes say something just to get her fired up.”