A 16-year-old from Gwinnett County, Georgia, is accused of murdering his 77-year-old neighbor, Margaret Sheffield last week. Now, police say that the teen will be charged as an adult with murder, aggravated assault and burglary.
Sheffield, who lived in unincorporated Dacula, was found on the morning on Sept. 11 in her home by her son-in-law with multiple stab wounds, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. It was determined that she was murdered sometime within the preceding 24 hours.
“She’s all bloody on the floor and everything, and everything else,” the son-in-law told a Gwinnett County 911 dispatcher while crying. “She’s gone.”
The teen, who will not be named due to his age, allegedly entered the house to rob Sheffield, but authorities are unsure if anything was taken, the AJC reported.
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“It was noticed upon arrival that the front door and back door were unlocked,” a police incident report stated, “but nothing else in the house appeared to be tampered with.”
Sheffield was a grandmother to a dozen people and a great-grandmother of six. Although she was hard of hearing and nearly blind, her grandson Bradley Stamari had nothing but praise for her.
“But she was wonderful, thoughtful, and caring,” he wrote on Facebook. “You would never know the pain she was going through because she would never let you see it. She was strong, she was our rock.”
Stamari asked for prayers from all faiths.
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“If not keep us in your thoughts, and spread some love to your own families. You never know when it could hit this close to home,” he wrote.
The teen is currently being held at a Gainesville youth detention center. He will be charged as an adult in the murder case, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington wrote to the AJC in an email statement. He confirmed that the motive of the murder appeared to be theft.