Thursday, October 29, 2009

68-Year-Old Woman Murdered in Atlanta

A 68-year-old Atlanta woman is dead after her husband shot her in the head Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Wheelchair-bound Rochelle Phillips died on the scene, authorities said.

The man then shot Phillips' son in the back of the neck when the younger man confronted the man, Atlanta police homicide Det. Lt. Keith Meadows said.

"The stepson came home and saw the stepfather holding the handgun in his hand, and tried to wrestle the gun away," Meadows said.

The husband is in custody after he confessed to police what he did, Meadows said.
Phillips' son is in critical condition at a nearby hospital, police said.
Elderly survivors of domestic violence have a host of additional barriers to leaving and/or getting safe. To learn more, visit the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life.

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