ATHENS – A woman by the name of Sarah Nicole Henderson, 31, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, July 16 on two counts of capital murder for the shooting deaths of her daughters, ages 5 and 7, in 2017.
On November 2, 2017, deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office were called to Henderson’s residence in response to a call from her husband saying that his wife was exhibiting odd behaviors that alarmed him, according to HCSO.
Prior to the deputies’ arrival, Jacob called back saying that things had settled back down and there was no need for service but deputies continued their way to the residence.
The Hendersons told the deputies that everything was fine when they arrived, but just three hours later, they received another 911 call about a shooting.
The call made by Jacob to law enforcement was described by HCSO as frantic as he said that both of his girls were dead. It was reported that Henderson could be heard in the background asking what she had done, saying she was going to hell.
Henderson was arrested at her home near Mabank, approximately 50 miles southeast of Dallas.
At the time of the incident, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said, “The investigation shows that she planned these murders for at least two weeks.”
He continued to say, “It appears she also intended to kill her husband, but the entire crime did not go as planned.”
It was reported by Henderson County District Attorney’s Office that she attempted to shoot her husband Jacob while he was sleeping but the .380 caliber pistol did not fire which woke her husband who grabbed the gun from her and called 911.
Last year, Henderson tried to use an insanity defense, saying “I was going crazy.” indicating that she believed people were out to get her which caused her to become paranoid.
Henderson, however, was later found competent to stand trial.
It was reported that prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty for Henderson and she was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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