Reports now indicate that two of those three women found dead at their Jacksonville home Monday as the result of an apparent murder-suicide were set to appear in court Tuesday in Madison Coounty on stalking and harassment charges.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said it appeared that 70 year old Brenda Willamon had shot and killed her two daughters, Alicia, age 44, and Jeannie, age 43, late Sunday Night, and then turned the gun on herself. All three had suffered a single gunshot wound.
Jacksonville Police Chief Tommy Thompson told media outlets that Brenda Willamon called another family member and left a message on that answering machine saying she had killed her two daughters and planned on killing herself.
The family member didn’t hear the message until Monday – at which point she immediately notified police. The two daughters were found in their beds, apparently having been killed in their sleep.
Both Brenda and Jeannie Willamon were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Both had been arrested in 2013. Brenda Willamon was charged with Stalking 1st Degree – Jeannie Willamon was charged in City Court with Harassing Communications; however, she had appealed her case to Circuit Court so both cases were eventually consolidated. Madison County Assistant District Attorney Maggie Wallace told al.com that the cases stemmed from the firing of Jeannie Willamon as a teacher at Huntsville High School years ago. She said the mother and daughter seemingly became convinced that another teacher at the school had been behind the firing, although in fact that person had nothing to do with it.
Due to escalating levels of harassment, and increasingly erratic behavior – there reportedly had been questions as to whether or not the Willamons were mentally competent to stand trial in the case. Alicia Willamon also reportedly suffered from mental illness.