A man is jailed and a Houston family in mourning after a woman’s 17-year-old son found her dead in bed of a gunshot wound to the head.
Police in Gwinnett County, Ga., arrested arrested Maxwell Williamson, 22, of Duluth after his gun went off accidentally while he was cleaning it. The bullet tore through his apartment wall into the bedroom of Carlether Foley, 36, hitting her in the head and killing her, police said.
Williamson was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct and was being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.
The tragedy unfolded just after 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 25, when police officers responded to an “unknown medical call” and found Foley unresponsive, cops said in a statement. They found a bullet hole in the apartment wall.
“The Gwinnett Fire Department arrived on scene and located Foley deceased with a gunshot wound to the head,” police said. “Williamson stated he had an accidental discharge while he was loading his firearm.”
It was Foley’s 17-year-old son who found his mother’s lifeless body in the bed, reported KTRK-TV. Williamson told police he had forgotten there was a bullet in the chamber, the station said.
Williamson’s attorney, Jeff Sliz, told police that after the gun went off, he knocked on the Foleys’ door to check on them but got no answer, reported WSB-TV. After jotting a note offering to pay for any damage, he went to work, not realizing he’d shot and killed someone.
Foley, an actress, had moved to Atlanta from Houston to further her career and had appeared in several movies and plays, reported WSB-TV. According to IMDb, she was known for roles in “The Friend Zone,” “Behind Closed Doors” and “Slice O’ Cake.”
Her family, meanwhile, is struggling to make sense of a senseless accident — and to ease the trauma suffered by her son, Keyandre Foley, who is now staying with his grandmother, Jacquline Foley, in southeast Texas, according to KTRK.
“He was very hysterical,” Carlether Foley’s brother, George Foley, told WSB of the phone call with his nephew right after the boy discovered his mother’s body. “It frightened him. He said he walked into the room but didn’t turn on the light. He called his mother’s name and she didn’t respond.”
“I’ve never experienced the hurt, the pain that I’m feeling. I don’t know what to do,” Jacquline Foley told KTRK, of her feelings toward her daughter’s killer. “You had no right to take my baby from me. You had no business taking her life away from her child. He’s 17 years old. This is his last year in school. You have hurt my family. You have took my baby.”