Verna McClain's mother doubts she'll get fair trial in murder, kidnapping case


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 2:46 PM

CONROE— The mother of a woman accused of a shooting and killing a young mom and kidnapping her baby said her daughter cannot receive a fair trial.

“I don’t think my child will get a fair trial,” said Jeanette Jackson. “I don’t.”

Jackson’s daughter, Verna McClain, has spent the last several months behind bars.

Authorities said McClain fatally shot Kala Golden Schuchardt in the parking lot of a pediatric clinic in spring last April.

She could face the death penalty if she is convicted.

But her mother accuses McClain’s court-appointed attorneys of dropping the ball with her daughter’s defense.

“I didn’t pick Verna’s counsel. They were given to her,” she said.

Jackson also claimed her daughter’s rights were being violated in jail because she had been denied her heart medication.

Jackson said she just wants everyone’s pain to stop and said that she doesn’t believe her daughter should die for what she did because of her state of mind at the time.

“I don’t believe Verna’s guilty. There’s laws that constitute people like Verna not being guilty,” Jackson said.

The victim’s husband, Keith Schuchardt, reacted strongly to Jackson’s remarks.

“With what McClain did, my wife didn’t have a fair trial either,” he said. “She didn’t even have a chance.”

The defense attorney in this matter said his firm is working as hard as it can on the case.

The prosecutor said the notion McClain can’t get a fair trial doesn’t hold water.

And a jail official insisted McClain is being treated like any other inmate.