Elizabeth Faye Cannon, the 47-year-old Macon former nurse, pleaded guilty on Monday for shooting 15-year-old Vernon Marcus Jr. in the head at the beginning of January 2017. In her defense, the woman claimed she called the police on several occasions about ‘street gangs’ harassing her and thought Marcus Jr. to be a member.
Macon Former Nurse Might Have One or More Mental Illnesses, Attorney Argues
On the 16th of January, Elizabeth Cannon, a 47-year-old retired nurse, was standing inside her Macon house when she spotted a group of teens, supposedly ‘street gang’ members, hanging outside her home.
The court documents reveal that the woman retrieved a firearm from the house, went outside the house, and fire at least five shots towards the teenagers gathered outside her home.
Unfortunately, Vernon Marcus Jr., a 16-year-old high school student, was passing through that area when the Macon former nurse discharged her weapon. The teen got hit in the back of his head by one bullet.
After firing her gun, Cannon went to see if the teens were still around, only to discover a badly injured Marcus Jr. The woman simply told the boy to hang on while she called the authorities. He was taken to the hospital, where the doctors managed to stabilize him.
Three years have passed since the shooting and Marcus Jr., once an aspiring athlete, is paralyzed on the right side, can’t feed or go to the toilet alone without his mother’s help. Since the incident, the 16-year-old has lost the ability to speak.
During her court appearances, Cannon’s attorney tried to exonerate her client by claiming self-defense or quoting from the woman’s medical record. A court document reveals that some of Cannon’s relatives took the gun from the former nurse’s house, fearing that her condition might push her to commit something atrocious.
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