Ashville woman allegedly shot and killed by teenage son
by Gary Hanner
Dec 16, 2013 | 2995 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ASHVILLE – A 52-year-old woman is dead after authorities say her 13-year-old son allegedly shot her in the face with a handgun.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell identified the woman as Carolyn Marie Browning of 378 Maverick Drive in Ashville.

This address is off U.S. 411, about 100 yards from the Etowah County line.

Russell said he pronounced Browning dead at the scene, and her body was taken Monday to Huntsville to the Alabama Department of Forensics Science for an autopsy.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Joe Sweatt said the incident happened Friday between 5:45-6 p.m.

“The mother and son were the only two at home at the time,” Sweatt said. “The shooting took place in the living room area. The woman’s husband was not at home because his mother had surgery that day and he was at the hospital with her. The 13-year-old juvenile has an older brother.”

The juvenile was taken to the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center in Ashville where he stayed for 72 hours.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor said the juvenile had a 72-hour hearing Monday to determine whether he will remain in custody.

Minor said he could not comment further because the case involves a juvenile.

St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said they are waiting on an autopsy report.

“This is just something we don’t understand,” Surles said. “It is sad, especially right here at Christmas.”

The incident remains under investigation by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.

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