GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - It was first reported as a suicide but a Gwinnett County woman was later arrested for the stabbing death of her mother at their Snellville area home.
Gwinnett County Police told FOX 5 News 35-year-old Jacquelyn Craft unsuccessfully tried to fool investigators her mother had committed suicide.
Dwayne and Shaneeka Dicks are still flabbergasted by the events at the home across the street which they noticed around 11:30 Monday night.
“We noticed a lot of blue light so we went to our window and looked across the street and there were four police cars, an ambulance, two fire trucks,” said Dwayne Dicks.
Gwinnett County Police said officers responded to the home on Leach Road in unincorporated Snellville when Jacquelyn Craft reported her mother Evelyn Craft had committed suicide by stabbing herself. But homicide detectives were called in when responding officers found the circumstance suspicious.
“Essentially what she said happened didn’t really match the physical evidence of what the crime scene unit detective discovered at the scene,” said Sgt. Jake Smith, with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Records show police had recently responded to this home.
Gwinnett County Police said they did receive a 911 call from the home in May where Jacquelyn Craft conveyed a rather peculiar message from her mother.
According to the dispatch report, Craft told the dispatcher her mother told her “flip a coin, either I kill myself or you kill yourself.”
The report also said Craft said her mother had been diagnosed with depression.
Police said all evidence is headed to court including Monday night’s occurrence.
“It possibly could have been something that maybe happened in the heat of the moment and she didn’t really have time to kind of plan a cover-up,” said Sgt. Smith.
The Dicks said they often saw Evelyn Craft with her dog.
“I watch her walk up and down the street with her dog, you’d never think there was trouble over there,” said Dwayne Dicks.
For the Dicks, the stabbing murder across the street was a shocking dose of reality in this usually peaceful neighborhood.
“Just because a neighborhood is quiet does not mean that behind closed doors people don’t have problems, people have real problems,” said Shaneeka Dicks.
Jacquelyn Craft was charged with aggravated assault and felony murder.
She was being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center as of Tuesday night.