OXFORD – A 70-year-old Oxford woman has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting that left one man dead and her son injured.
Brenda Crommie was granted $100,000 bond on Monday in the shooting death of James Lee Jones, 47, of Hathorn Road.
Sheriff’s Department Investigator Jay Hill said Crommie’s son, Keith Richardson, had first called and then had go to her home on County Road 225 (Mt. Zion Road) shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday to get money.
The money, he reportedly said, was to pay a debt he owed to Jones and he needed to pay immediately.
“It started with the suspect’s son calling his family and saying he needed some money,” Hill said. “The dad said essentially, ‘You come out here, and I’ll pay the money if you’ll stay here.’”
Instead, when Richardson’s parents gave him the money – reportedly $50 – he ran back to the car, where Jones was waiting behind the wheel.
Crommie’s husband tried to keep his son from leaving, Hill said, and as the car backed away, the 81-year-old man was apparently being dragged with it.
Brenda Crommie, afraid that her husband would be killed, shot several times into the car. Jones was killed and her son was wounded in one leg.
Emergency responders found Jones lying dead in the roadway.
Lafayette County Coroner Lonnie Weaver said an autopsy determined that Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds from a .38-caliber weapon.
Hill said Monday afternoon that the case is still under investigation.
“It was a bad situation that got way out of hand,” he said.
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