Mother to plead guilty to killing Bragg soldier
Posted July 14, 2010 4:17 p.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2010 4:30 p.m. EDT
Fort Bragg, N.C. — A South Carolina woman is expected to plead guilty in September to killing her soldier daughter on Fort Bragg in February, according to federal court documents.
Pfc. Autumn Michelle Shannon, 32, was found dead in her home, at 147 S. Dougherty Drive, on Feb. 22 after a neighbor called military police.
Her mother, Linda Hough Shannon, was in the house covered in blood, and military police said she confessed to stabbing her daughter during an argument.
Federal prosecutors last week filed a criminal information in the case, charging Linda Shannon with second-degree murder. The document is often used in federal court instead of a grand jury indictment when a defendant plans to plead guilty.
Chief U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan has set a Sept. 7 court hearing in New Bern for Shannon to enter the plea, according to court records.