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Ala. Woman Charged With Murder for Allegedly Shooting Son’s Partner

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
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Anita T. Hill
Anita T. Hill  (Source:WBRC / Tuscaloosa County Jail)

An Alabama woman has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting her son’s boyfriend on Monday at a truck stop. Investigators are not calling the incident a hate crime, however, Alabama’s Fox-affiliated station WBRC reports.

Local police arrested Anita T. Hill, 51, this week and charged her with the murder of Jamie R. Johnson, 36, who was shot once in the back. According to investigators, Hill’s son and Johnson were "involved in a long-term relationship" and have been dating for about four years.

"This relationship has caused tension between the suspect who is the mother of the male witness and her son," Sgt. Dale Phillips told WBRC.

Authorities say Hill allegedly shot Johnson because he was allegedly "violent" with her son.

"Witnesses have told us the relationship between these two individuals, the two young men, had been at times possibly physical abusive as well as mentally abusive," Phillips said.

According to investigators, Hill’s son and Johnson asked Hill to meet at the truck stop to talk about helping them move. After a short discussion, the son went to his car while Hill and Johnson continued to talk. When the victim turned away, Hill then allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot him in the back.

"Witnesses at the scene describe that it appeared that the victim in this case attempted to turn and move away from the suspect. At which time she pulled a hand gun and fired one round," Phillips said.

Johnson was sent to a nearby hospital in "grave condition," Phillips says, but passed away from his injuries.

After the shooting, Hill stayed at the truck stop until police arrived and took her into custody.

Investigators are also looking into Johnson’s history to see if there were any charges filed against him. So far, they’ve found none.

"We do not see this in any nature being a hate crime. We see this as a family having issues in this. All the people involved in this were either related or had been acquainted for several years," Phillips told WBRC.

Authorities said they don’t believe Hill met the men with the intention of killing Johnson.

Hill was booked on a $75,000 bond. She has since bonded out of jail.

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