Former College Football Player Mistakes Mom for Intruder, Kills Her

( – Jaylen Johnson was once a college football player. He got a job after leaving school and lived with his mom in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, he’s sitting in jail, charged with killing his mother.

On March 7, at about 7:20 a.m., officers from the Olivette Police Department responded to a 911 call about a shooting. When they arrived, they found 56-year-old Monica McNichols-Johnson on the ground with a gunshot wound. Paramedics arrived and attempted to save her, but she was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

The police department provided an update later that day and announced the arrest of the victim’s 25-year-old son, Jaylen Johnson. Attorney William Goldstein told the press that his client, Johnson, thought his mother was someone who was trying to break into the back door of their home and shot her accidentally.

Immediately after shooting his mom, Johnson dialed 911. His girlfriend attempted to save his mom while he was on the phone with emergency responders. Goldstein explained that his client had been robbed at gunpoint about a year ago and kept a firearm for protection. He said that Johnson “hasn’t stopped crying” since his mother’s death.

Law enforcement charged Johnson with armed criminal action and manslaughter. He’s being held in jail on a $100,000 bond. Goldstein said his client has no prior criminal history. The police made it clear that even though Johnson was charged for his mother’s death, the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Missouri has a stand-your-ground law that allows people to use deadly force when they believe their life is in danger. It’s not clear if Goldstein is going to deploy the defense for his client. He said he’s friends of Johnson’s family and called him a “sweetheart of a kid.”

The police department said the city was sad about the “tragic incident” and offered their condolences to the victim’s loved ones.

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