The 14-month-old boy watched as his grandmother gunned down his mother in a Target parking lot. How absolutely terrifying is this?
The woman, Joanna Hayes of Snellville, Georgia, is currently on trial for the disturbing incident, which occurred on April 26, 2009. Joanna, disguised as a man, shot and killed her daughter-in-law, Heather Strube, 25, in broad daylight in a crowded Target parking lot while her 18-month-old grandson, Carson, watched just a few feet away from his car seat.
Prosecutors say that just minutes before Joanna pulled the trigger, her son and Heather’s ex-husband Steven Strube dropped off Carson for a planned visitation hand-off. Steven is not connected at all to the murder, which authorities claim was triggered by “bad blood” between the two women over divorce proceedings associated with the Strubes.
According to the Daily Mail, the state claims that Joanna did not want Heather to get custody of Carson, saying she was “not being a good mother.”
After witnesses described a truck similar to Joanna’s white Ford F-150 pick-up outside of Target during the time of the incident, authorities looked into her as a suspect and found fiber “consistent from a wig” inside her vehicle.
She faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, although her defense lawyers say the case is based on “circumstantial evidence” and that the Snellville police jumped the gun when they targeted in on her early in the investigation.