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.