MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 65-year-old woman told Memphis Police she stabbed her adult daughter to death after she heard voices coming from the wall.
Carolyn Garrett is charged with first-degree murder and was booked into Jail East on Tuesday.
Police say they responded to a suspicious person call Monday at a house on Keen Road in South Memphis. When they arrived, they found a woman in the street, unresponsive with multiple stab wounds. A trail of blood led from the carport door to the street.
The victim was later identified as Carolyn Garrett’s daughter, Conju Garrett, age 50. She was pronounced dead just after midnight.
Carolyn Garrett told officers at the scene that she “killed an alien who was trying to take her children,” according to police. Her son told police that his mother stated she had “killed the devil.”
Garrett agreed to talk with investigators, allegedly telling them that she heard voices from the wall telling her to kill her daughter. She said she got a knife out of the kitchen and began cutting Conju Garrett on the neck and back, then dragged her down to the curb and cleaned up the blood in the house with a towel.
Carolyn Garrett was advised of her charge and taken to Regional One hospital, police said.
Longtime Keen Road resident Charlene King said Garrett moved to the street two or three years ago. She knew the family, and said they had keys to each others’ houses.
When King opened her door around 1 a.m. Wednesday, what she saw was mind-boggling.
“I got up and I walked on down there, and I said ‘What in the world is going on?'” King said, when she noticed her neighbor lying dead in the road.
King said Conju Garrett was physically disabled and unable to walk. She said Garrett was also taking care of her 27-year-old son.
A judge Wednesday said a mental evaluation in the case is likely. Garrett was appointed a public defender and is due back in court Thursday.
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