Family Crimes

Georgia Woman Sentenced To Life In Prison After Shooting Daughter-In-Law While Grandsons Were Waiting Outside

Elizabeth "Betsy" Wall was upset over her son's divorce with Jenna Wall. So, she began researching family murder-suicides.

This is not standard grandparent behavior!

A Cobb County, Georgia grandmother was sentenced to life behind bars this week for killing her daughter-in-law while her grandkids were just feet away.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Wall pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, on Friday to the murder of mom and beloved kindergarten teacher Jenna Wall. Elizabeth, 64, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

In the summer of 2016, Wall picked up her two grandsons, age 7 and 8, from Jenna’s home. She brought them to her car and then went back into Jenna’s home to confront the 35-year-old mother. Then, Elizabeth shot her daughter-in-law four times before leaving her to die. Jenna and Elizabeth’s son were embroiled in a divorce during the time of the shooting. Elizabeth’s son had claimed that Jenna had an affair, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Elizabeth reportedly cried during her court hearing. When asked, she told the judge that she was diagnosed with severe chronic depression and PTSD.

“Certainly she was very remorseful about what happened. She’s been very open with me about it,” Elizabeth’s attorney, Jimmy Berry, told WSB-TV in Georgia.

She may be remoseful, but the evidence shows that the killing was likely planned. Police believe that the grandmother had researched family murder-suicide shootings for months before Jenna’s murder, according to the AJC. Jenna’s mother, Sheri Charlton, spoke about her daughter in the courtroom.

“We can no longer hear her voice or laugh with her,” she said. “Our family will never be complete for as long as we live. The tears flow every day not knowing and wondering how Jenna would have influenced others and made this world a better place. When she took our daughter, she took away part of our lives.”

[Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office]

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