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Mother-In-Law Shoots Woman Dead While Kids Are Playing Outside

A kindergarten teacher and mother of two was shot dead in her own home in Georgia by the mother of her estranged husband. At the time of the shooting, the two children were playing outside. The grandmother is now facing charges.

Jenna Wall of McRae, Georgia was home on Thursday afternoon with her two sons, ages 7 and 8. Elizabeth B. Wall, Jenna's mother-in-law and grandmother of the two children, showed up at the home around noon. Elizabeth told the children to wait outside. Soon after, the kids heard the sound of gunfire.

Jenna's estranged husband, Jerrod Wall, got an odd call from his mother in the middle of the day. Elizabeth asked him to come to the home. He arrived and found his mother sitting in the living room holding a gun.

The children are being carefully interviewed by authorities, who say they have been able to fill in a few of the details. "We've been able to get a good bit of information from them. They are safe. They are sound," said Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb Police Department. "They are at our Crimes Against Children Unit. They are being interviewed."

"Now we are just simply trying to confirm what we believe to be the motive which we're not disclosing at this time," the officer added.

Elizabeth wall has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony and cruelty to children, reports WGCL. When she was denied bond in court the next morning by a judge, she reportedly became emotionally distraught.

Jenna lived in the home with her parents and the children. She taught kindergarten at Kemp Elementary School.

Jenna had filed for a divorce from Jerrod, and Jerrod had filed a counter-suit for divorce claiming that his wife had been having an affair with an old high school sweetheart. He claims the couple kept in touch by phone throughout the day, and that he suspected the boys had been exposed to the affair.

Jerrod claimed in his suit that his wife wouldn't allow him to see the children, and had filed for permanent custody of the kids. He wanted custody because he said his wife was too emotionally and financially unstable to care for them.

Neighbors talked to news reporters about the tragic murder. Many noted that Jenna seemed like a very good mother. "She was with her boys, very active playing basketball, always at the swim and tennis, just a wonderful family, very close knit," said one woman to WAGA.

"I wish them all the love in the world. I know it's a sad day. I know it's a sad day," said another. "I hope the boys, I don't know what's going to happen to them, I hope they can get over it."

"It's a tragedy," said family friend Thomas Wilson. "I don't know what the world is coming to. I don't know what would make anybody get that mad at somebody else."

Source: Daily Mail, People
Photo: CBS 46, Kemp Elementary

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