75-year-old Dies From Being Shot in the Head by Her Daughter, Orange County Deputies Say

75-Year-old Shot in Head by Daughter, Deputies Say

75-Year-old Shot in Head by Daughter, Deputies Say: Because her mother, 75, has now passed away, the 51-year-old lady accused of shooting her in the head will shortly be subject to more serious accusations. Investigators believe Paula Lee Decoteau shot her mother once in the forehead at their house on Spruce Pine Trail just after midnight on Sunday. She is currently in jail on a $500,000 bond.

Investigators learned from two additional occupants of the home at the time of the shooting that Decoteau and her mother, Cheryl Garner Medlin, were arguing just before the shooting. They claimed that after taking away their phones, Decoteau would not let them go while she considered her options. She allowed them to go after about 30 minutes and dialed 911. When emergency personnel came, they transported Medlin to Duke Hospital for treatment.

Deputies confirmed that Medlin had passed away as a result of her wounds on Sunday night. According to a source who spoke to ABC11, detectives found a. 22-caliber rifle that they believe was the origin of the gunfire. Jonathon Perry, a neighbor, noticed police outside and was horrified by the deputies’ descriptions of violence. They’ve always been my neighbors, and they’re kind folks, said Perry.

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Decoteau kicked the arresting deputy in the chest, leading to multiple allegations against him, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to murder, two counts of kidnapping, and assault on a public official. On Monday at 2 p.m., she is due in court to have homicide charges added to her case.