Investigator: Jeffco teen admits killing mother

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County sheriff's investigator said a Graysville teen admitted he killed his mother before pointing an empty gun at his grandfather and pulling the trigger several times.

Investigator Jake Money said in a preliminary hearing Tuesday that 17-year-old Jamie Lee Wallace told authorities he would have shot his grandfather if he "wouldn't have been stupid and used up all them' bullets on his mother."

But the teen's father says medication he was taking for mental
problems played a role in the March shooting of 39-year-old
Michelle Ann Wallace in front of her 8-year-old son.

Money testified that Wallace said he was mad because he believed
his mother had told lies that prevented him from helping his
grandfather with yard work.

Intentional murder and attempted murder charges were bound to a
grand jury.
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Information compiled by AP from: The Birmingham News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by DrAllheart Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:18 AM
    I wonder if this teen was involved in the typical movies and video games most children, teens, and young adults are involved in where random, gruesome killings win points and are awarded. Why is it ok to commit such actions on screen but not off? Childhood development studies show that young children have little to no sense of separation between fantasy that is taught to them and reality. And then the excuses of medications causing one to commit such actions- If so, then one should be able to do whatsoever he chooses and simply "blame it on the drugs". Harken to the age of little personal responsibility and less to no consequences. Crimes that would have recieved death years ago can now be committed with a relative slap on the wrist (i.e. child molestation). Don't judge the person, but judge the actions. If i get a speeding ticket, i deserve it and I pay it. If i were to kill someone, I also would deserve just punishment.
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