Elizabeth man accused of killing his mother

Suspect acted 'way weird' prior to attack, according to statement in affidavit

Staff report
Posted 3/15/19

An Elizabeth man was jailed March 12 on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother, according to court and jail records. Wade Garrett McVicker-Thornton, 24, is …

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Elizabeth man accused of killing his mother

Suspect acted 'way weird' prior to attack, according to statement in affidavit

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An Elizabeth man was jailed March 12 on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother, according to court and jail records.

Wade Garrett McVicker-Thornton, 24, is accused of killing his mother, Susan Thornton, 51, in the early hours of March 12 in their home on South Elbert Street in Elizabeth.

An affidavit in the case gives this account:

Elbert County sheriff's deputies, Elizabeth police and Elizabeth fire responders were dispatched to the home after a call from McVicker-Thornton's older brother reporting that the suspect had attacked their mother, who was found at the top of an interior stairway and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A sheriff's deputy handcuffed McVicker-Thornton, who was described by police as calm and who reportedly said he had taken a painkiller due to a broken foot, for which he was wearing a medical boot.

The suspect's father repeatedly told police that McVicker-Thornton needs psychiatric help and said that the suspect had been behaving in a way similar to how he had behaved when taking meth in the past.

The father said McVicker-Thornton had acted “way weird” the previous day and had then been carrying a knife inside their home, but had put down the knife in response to an inquiry. McVicker-Thornton repeatedly said he could not sleep because he would die if he did so, according to his father, who said the two sat down on their couch to watch a movie.

In a follow-up interview with an investigator, according to the affidavit, the father said that McVicker-Thornton got up from the couch in the hours after midnight and went to the bedroom of Susan Thornton, who was then heard screaming.

The father ran to the bedroom and found McVicker-Thornton holding a knife over his mother, who ran out of her bedroom as the father and son struggled over the knife, the affidavit says. The father got the knife away and Susan Thornton reached the top of the stairs, where she died.

McVicker-Thornton was scheduled to be in court March 18 for a formal filing of charges.

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