An Oklahoma woman allegedly killed her son and wounded her two daughters, then claimed she'd done so to "save" them from their abusive father.
The Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office discovered the body of 18-year-old Kayson Toliver after responding to a 911 call at around 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, according to Fox 23, a Tulsa, Oklahoma news station. Two other teen girls (who remain unnamed in reports, as they are minors) were also badly injured in what appeared to be a triple shooting.
Amy Hall, the mother of the three victims, was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds near 100 miles per hour, according to authorities.
Hall allegedly confessed to shooting her children, according to an arrest affidavit. She allegedly shot Toliver and one of her daughters in the head while they slept, before another teenage daughter managed to take the gun from Hall and flee.
Hall allegedly claimed that her goal was to rescue the children from their father and that she had intended the crime to be a murder-suicide.
Police say they had been called to the Hall household previously but had never arrested anyone at the property.
All three teens attend Beggs High School, where a candlelight vigil was held the night of the shooting, according to Tulsa World.
Beggs head football coach David Tenison described the late Toliver fondly.
“He was a very likable young man,” Tenison told Tulsa World. “He had a good heart, good spirit. His smile was infectious. It just infected everyone around him. He made you want to smile.”
One of the girls who was shot remains in critical condition at a hospital. The other is stable.
Hall now faces charges including one count of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, according to Fox News. Bond has been set for $500,000 for each of the shooting charges; no bond has been set for the murder charge.
[Photo: Okmulgee County Jail]
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