What makes a grandmother shoot her son's wife in cold blood as her grandsons wait nearby? Apparently, a messy divorce.
People reports that Elizabeth Wall, a 64-year-old from Georgia, confessed to murdering her daughter-in-law Jenna Wall two years ago in the midst of her split from Elizabeth's son.
Jenna, 35, is being remembered as an adored kindergarten teacher whose “beautiful, loving” life was cut far too short.
"The tears flow every day not knowing and wondering how Jenna would have influenced others and made this world a better place," her mother, Sheri Charlton, said in a statement to the court Friday. "When she took our daughter, she took away part of our lives.”
Jenna was found dead on the kitchen floor of her parents' home in June 2016, having been shot four times by Elizabeth. Her two sons — both of whom were under 10 at the time — were outside the house when the slaying occurred, having been taken there by their grandmother, who didn't leave the scene; instead, she called her son to come pick up her grandsons and told them to wait in the car.
Authorities say Elizabeth's motive in the shooting had much to do with the fact that Jenna had filed for divorce from her son, Jerrod Wall.
Chief assistant district attorney Jesse Evans told People that he believes Elizabeth "had a lot of animosity toward" Jenna, adding that she had expressed her feelings repeatedly in different ways before the shooting.
Elizabeth had also reportedly researched mental health issues, information about Georgia's gun laws, and articles about people who kill their families prior to the crime.
Aside from her internet searches, there was other information to prove that the act was premeditated: Elizabeth had bought the gun she used to kill Jenna on April 19, 2016, the SAME day her son was named in the divorce case, according to court records.
Elizabeth's plea deal had been pending the outcome of a psychiatric evaluation after the defense requested proof that she was sane and fit to stand trial, which she eventually was determined to be.
After she pleaded guilty but mentally ill to felony murder Friday, Elizabeth was sentenced to life in prison. She'll be eligible for parole after 30 years.
As for Jerrod and his sons, who have been in therapy since Jenna's death, Elizabeth might as well be dead, too.
"He no longer has a mother," attorney Suzanne Henrickson told People. "She died on that day as well."