A Dayton mom who reportedly shot two of her children is being held on $1 million bond.
Claudena Helton appeared in court for the first time since the May 18th shooting. Police say Helton told them she fatally shot them to save them from the “evils of the world”.
Her 8-year-old daughter Khmorra and 6-year-old son Kaiden died from their wounds Sunday.
In an affidavit, police say Helton made the admission during an interview with officers. Police also interviewed Helton’s other daughter, who told them her mom had shot her brother and sister and that she’d asked her to help carry them out of the house.
Municipal Court Judge Christopher Roberts set bond Monday at $1 million for Helton and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 30. A public defender entered not-guilty pleas for Helton to charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.
The charges likely will be revised later because of the children’s deaths after her arrest.
Family members said Claudena Helton appeared to have mental issues stemming from an incident where her son reported being assaulted at school at the Boonshoft museum in 2015. A spokesperson for Montgomery County job and family services said Childrens Services had an open case and were working with Helton at the time of the shooting.
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A Georgia woman was arrested Monday by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division in connection with the October shooting death of her husband in Bamberg.
Annie McNair, 70, was charged with murder and booked at the Bamberg County Detention Center, according to SLED public information liaison Thom Berry.
McNair is accused of shooting her husband, Frank McNair, in the chest on Oct. 1 at his residence on Spring Branch Road in Bamberg, according to the arrest warrant, adding Frank McNair died from the gunshot wounds.
According to published reports, the 69-year-old Frank McNair was a minister in Bamberg County, and when his body was discovered, a woman was also found with gunshot wounds and was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment.
A conviction from a murder charge could result in the death penalty for the Garden City, Ga. resident, or a minimum of 30 years to life sentence in prison, said Berry, adding SLED and the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.
A Pike County woman is in jail on domestic aggravated assault charges after her arrest for shooting a man in Magnolia.
Pike County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Greg Martin said deputies arrested Deearke Dillon, 27, at her home at 1155 Thomas Grove Road after they answered a domestic call involving a shooting at 9:45 p.m. Friday. She remained in the Pike County jail on Saturday, held on $50,000 bond.
Early last Friday, in Durham, North Carolina, a man heard a honking car horn and flashing lights outside of his house at around 4:30 AM. The homeowner grabbed his gun and went to investigate the commotion. The female driver said she needed to use his phone because she had gotten to a fight with a relative. Her accomplice, identified as Jerel Antonio Thompson, came around the corner of the house and exchanged gunfire with the homeowner. The robber was wounded and taken to Duke Regional Hospital.
Thompson was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The homeowner was uninjured.