The Georgia mother who was reportedly murdered by her mother-in-law had allegedly been having an affair with her high school boyfriend prior to her death.
Jenna Wall, a 35-year-old kindergarten teacher, was shot dead in her home, allegedly by her mother-in-law Elizabeth Wall. Elizabeth was charged with felony murder and a string of other offenses in the killing, and the motive was unknown until court documents from divorce proceedings revealed a major secret.
Jenna and her husband, Jerrod Wall, separated and she filed for divorce, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Jerrod filed a counterclaim for divorce in April and alleged that his wife was having an affair.
Documents show that, according to Jerrod, Jenna had an affair with a high school boyfriend after the two started talking on social media in 2013.
On June 23, Elizabeth called her son and told him to pick up his and Jenna's two sons. The boys are 7 and 8 years old.
"While en route, Jerrod Wall spoke with his older child on the phone, who informed him that said accused and Jenna Wall were in the house and he had heard gunshots," the warrant for Elizabeth stated, according to the Journal Constitution.
When Jerrod arrived at the home, his wife was dead and his mother was reportedly holding a handgun to her head.
Jenna was mourned following her murder, and her friends and neighbors remembered her as a kind person and a good teacher.
“It’s just so bad to do something to a person so nice, and she’s done so much for her kids, and her students, she’s just an all-around great person,” Jenna’s former student, 14-year-old Ethan Casto, told WTVM. “I just want everyone to know what a fun-loving lady she was, and how great of a person she was."
"I don't know what the world is coming to," a family friend added. "I don't know what would make anybody get that mad at somebody else."
Elizabeth was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, and third-degree cruelty to children. She appeared in court on June 24 and was denied bond.