Mobile DA: 13-year old killed great-grandmother


The Mobile County District Attorney now says that the 13-year-old was the one that pulled the trigger, killing his 69-year-old great grandmother in Semmes at her homes yesterday.

Captain Paul Burch says the three suspects in this case showed no remorse during their interviews with detectives.

Burch went so far as to call the 13-year-old suspect "evil."

Today the 19-year-old murder suspect, Eric Toomer,was granted a $25,000 bond in court.

Prosecutors say he assisted in the cover up and destroying of evidence.

69-year-old Mary Faulk was the victim of this horrific crime.

District attorney Ashley Rich says Faulk's 13 year old great-grandson along with the 15-year-old and 19-year-old planned this murder, but that it was the 13-year-old that pulled the trigger.

Because of the great grandson's age, by law he's not eligible for a transfer to adult court, meaning even if convicted of murder, he won't spend more than 3 years in prison.

The DA's office is requesting a transfer to adult court for the 15-year-old murder suspect.

To her knowledge, her office has never before prosecuted a 13-year-old murder suspect.

UPDATE 9:26 A.M. 2/17/17:

19-year-old Semmes murder suspect Eric Toomer is still charged with murder.

The prosecutor told the judge in open court that Toomer was charged for his participation as an accomplice after the fact because he assisted in trying to cover up and destroy evidence.

Prosecutor recommended a $25,000 bond and the judge set bond at $25,000.

The other two people arrested are juveniles and were taken to Strickland Youth Center.

UPDATE 8:12 A.M. 2/17/17:

According to the Sheriff's office, the three teens have confessed to the murder of Semmes woman, 68-year-old Mary Faulk.

UPDATE 12:48 A.M.: All three teenagers have been charged with murder, including 19-year-old Eric Toomer. The names of the 13-year-old and the 15-year-old is not being released due to their age.


Three teenagers are in custody following the murder of a Semmes woman, 69-year-old Mary Faulk.

Detectives believe the shooting happened sometime Thursday.

One of the suspects is the victim's 13-year-old great-grandson. He was driving the car after the shooting.

Investigators are still working to figure out a motive. Local 15 is told that the 13, 15 and 19 year olds are still being questioned at the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.

Family members said the 13-year-old that’s now being named a suspect in the murder of his 69-year-old great-grandmother, was living with her.

When deputies arrived on the scene at the victim's home on Floyd Circle in Semmes, the 13-year-old wasn't there and neither was the victim's car.

"It's very scary that this happens across the street from your house. It’s mind blowing," said a neighbor.

The family tells us it was Faulk’s 9-year-old great-granddaughter that found her dead inside the home. She had been shot.

“It’s bad enough for anyone to discover a relative, you know, that’s been murdered. But someone that young, that’s something they’ll probably deal with their entire life,” said Burch.

After detectives got the initial call, the investigation quickly led them to Edmond Marchand Drive in Grand Bay.

"The victim's car was spotted here by deputies and at the time it was spotted, multiple juveniles bailed the vehicle and fled on foot," said Capt. Burch.

The 13-year-old great-grandson, and two other suspects, ages 15 and 19, are now in custody.

“The 15-year-old lives in the same neighborhood and is friends with the 13-year-old. And the 19-year-old is a relative of the 15-year-old,” said Burch. "It's just another example of young people using guns when they shouldn't have their hands on them.”

At this point charges are pending. Relatives on the scene were both shocked and heartbroken.

"I love her. I'll always love her. She's a good person. Nothing else you can say about her. She'll be missed," said Tommy Henage, an ex-son-in-law of the victim.

Detectives said a long gun was recovered from the scene in Grand Bay.