Posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM
SAN ANTONIO -- A double murder on Thanksgiving Day has a small town shocked that a man would kill his mother-in-law. The woman’s pastor says she had been afraid for her life for several months.
The Uvalde County Sheriff's Department said they received a call on Thanksgiving Day at around 2:30 p.m. claiming two woman had been shot in the 500 block of County Road 359 in Utopia.
When sheriffs arrived they were met by 63-year-old Thomas Nelson who they said had shot his mother-in-law, 80-year-old Juana Tweedy and her friend, 79-year-old Muriel Teed.
Nelson was cooperative and did not resist arrest.
Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke said, “Sheriffs went to the house and did discover Mrs. Teed and Mrs. Tweedy - who were the shooting victims - laying on the floor next to the kitchen table.”
Sheriff Mendeke said Juana Tweedy had filed an eviction notice on her son-in-law and her daughter who had been living in a house on her property. The couple were expected to be evicted in February. Tweedy had several small houses and a RV trailer on her property.
But the victim's pastor, Chuck Crane of United Methodist Church in Utopia, said it was Nelson and the daughter that had kicked their mother-in-law out of her own home and had forced her to live in poor conditions on the property.
“We're very angry about it. We're angry that anyone would do something like that, plus the abuse that was going on before then,” Crane said.
He said that Tweedy had gone to their church and had made friends with Muriel Teed. Teed had opened up her property to people that were in need.
Teed had been helping Tweedy through the time that she had been put out by her daughter and son-in-law. The pastor says that he hopes Uvalde County Sheriffs do an investigation and take a look at the daughter, as well.
Sheriff Mendeke says charges on Nelson have been upgraded to capital murder, and so far the daughter faces no charges.
The district attorney will decide if the charges will be life without parole or the death penalty.