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16-year-old girl to stand trial as adult in slaying of mother

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Authorities said a 16-year-old girl who called police to report that someone killed her adoptive mother was charged as an adult in the slaying of the woman, who was found shot to death in her bed.

Jacquelyn Richardson is being held on $50,000 bond on a murder charge in the killing of Donna Louise Richardson, 45, of Toney, who previously was accused of domestic violence.

Investigator Chad Brooks said the teen called the sheriff's department around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to report the shooting, which occurred in a home in a new subdivision north of Huntsville.

"She called in as if an unknown offender had committed the offense, and we found evidence that that wasn't the case," Brooks said.

The woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Brooks said parts of the teenager's story did not match the evidence, including the location of the murder weapon.

The 16-year-old and a 13-year-old boy were removed from the home after Donna Richardson was arrested in February on domestic violence charges, including two counts of third-degree assault and one count of third-degree menacing, records show.

The girl and boy were removed from the home, and Brooks said only the girl had been returned to the woman at the time of the killing.

Brooks said there was a "history of abuse" in the household, but it was unclear whether it was related to the shooting. Jacquelyn Richardson lived with the woman for 14 years.


Information from: The Huntsville Times,

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