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Clanton mom charged in son's murder appears in court

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CHILTON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The Clanton woman accused of shooting her two sons, killing her 11-year-old and wounding her 15-year-old, appeared in court today. Disturbing details of the shooting emerged during testimony.

Ann Campbell held her head and cried during the 45 minutes of testimony as investigators recounted the events of June 3 before district court judge Rhonda Hardesty.

The lead investigator in the case described arriving to the scene of the shooting to find Campbell sitting on the couch in her trailer with her son Michael dead in the kitchen.

The investigator also included details from the surviving son's statements about the shooting. Bailey Mays told police that he had been sleeping on the couch on June 3 when a loud noise and his brother's screams woke him up. Mays said he heard his little brother Michael screaming, "Mother, please, don't shoot me again. I can't take it anymore."

Mays told officers that he looked up and watched his mother shoot Michael for the third time in the head with a 22-bolt action rifle. Then, she turned toward him, saying "We don't have to live like this anymore."

Mays said he found the trailer door bolted shut when he first attempted to run away, but was eventually able to unlock it and flee for his life to an aunt's nearby trailer. Campbell still managed to shoot Bailey in the leg as he ran.

Rebecca Campbell, the paternal grandmother of the 11-year-old victim, questioned what her grandson must have been thinking when his mother turned on him with a gun.

"I sit down and I think what could an 11-year-old child have thought? What must have been going through his little head, you know?" Rebecca Campbell asked. "For the life of me, I can't figure out how you bring a life into the world and then take it out.  I just can't understand that."

The Deputy DA C.J. Robinson says he does not believe Ann Campbell was insane at the time of the crime and said she has not yet undergone a psychiatric evaluation.

"I don't know why she did it.  We never know all the answers.  We can only hope to fill in pieces of the puzzle," Robinson said.

Campbell's attorney said during the hearing that his client had been served eviction papers from her trailer two days before the shooting. She was renting the trailer from a relative.

After hearing testimony today, the district judge bound this case over to a grand jury.

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