Indiana mother shoot and kill her 52-year-old daughter because she wouldn’t stop talking
A 68-year-old mother was arrested over the weekend after confessing to fatally shooting her 52-year-old daughter during an argument because she “would not stop talking.”
Police took 68-year-old Shirley A. Lee into custody on Sunday and charged her with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the killing of her 52-year-old daughter, Zawondra Lee.
The involuntary manslaughter warrant alleges that Shirley killed her daughter while acting under “sudden heat,” which is a mitigating factor that reduces what would otherwise be murder to voluntary manslaughter.
Shooting at 3900 block of Ardmore Trail
According to court documents, the South Bend Police Department responded to a shooting at approximately 11:54 p.m. on December 10 at a residence in the 3900 block of Ardmore Trail. The 911 call reported that his mother, had just shot hissister.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they took Shirley into custody. The police reported that she immediately stated that her daughter had been shot and was dead.
Zawondra’s body was found near a silver revolver. Shirley was then taken to the police department for questioning. Beforethe interview began, investigators said she made incriminating statements indicating that she was the one who shot and killed her daughter.
Shirley Lee confesses to killing her daughter Zawondra Lee
“I did that to my child,” Shirley Lee allegedly said in the interrogation room, as well as, “I told her to stop talking, but she would not stop talking.”
She informed investigators that her daughter had been residing with her for approximately three months at the time of the shooting. She said that she and Zawondra were the only occupants of the home.
According to a police affidavit, “Shirley Lee stated she was in a verbal altercation with Zawondra Lee. Shirley Lee indicated that Zawondra Lee would not leave her alone. Shirley Lee indicated that she had gone into her bedroom and shut the door in Zawondra Lee’s face two times,” police wrote in the affidavit. “Shirley Lee stated that she shut the door because she was angry and wanted to calm down. Shirley Lee opened the door when she thought Zawondra Lee didn’t have any more to say. Shirley Lee advised she became angry, retrieved her handgun and shot Zawondra Lee. Shirley Leestated she did not observe Zawondra Lee with a weapon during the incident.”