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Woman charged with murder after shooting son's estranged wife

In Georgia, a 63-year-old woman is facing a number of criminal charges after allegedly shooting her son's estranged wife on June 23. News sources report that following the fatal shooting, the woman contacted her son and told him to come to the scene. The couple's two minor children were inside their mother's home when the fatal incident occurred there, but neither was physically harmed.

Reports indicate that the 7- and 8-year-old children were able to provide information about the incident to Cobb County Police, and a vehicle was taken from the property as part of the investigation. According to the district attorney, the estranged couple were going through a divorce and had been separated for approximately a year when the shooting occurred. The deceased woman's husband is an investigator with the district attorney's office.

Responding officers found the deceased woman's mother-in-law at the scene, where she was taken into police custody. She was denied bail during her first court appearance on June 24, and is now facing charges of aggravated assault, murder, cruelty to children, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

Because violent crimes are often associated with life-altering consequences, Georgia residents who find themselves facing prosecution in connection with felony charges for such crimes may want to seek legal representation at their earliest opportunity. A lawyer who understands the complexities of the criminal justice system may be able to work productively within it to help a defendant achieve the best possible outcome. In some cases, the lawyer could seek plea negotiations with the prosecutor that would reduce the severity of the penalty.

Source: CBS News, "Georgia woman accused of fatally shooting daughter-in-law," June 24, 2016

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