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Albany murder suspect has drug and mental issue history

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Albany woman charged with murdering her mother has a long history of drug abuse and mental health issues.

40-year old Janice Ware remains in jail  as Albany Police try to figure out what led to Tuesday's brutal beating.

And tragedy is the only word for this sad event right before Christmas. The close family says they are suffering and grieving from the loss of a much loved mother and wife, 61 year old Thelma Carter. And shocked that her daughter is charged with beating her to death.

40 year old Janice Ware was brought before a Judge Wednesday morning in her first appearance, charged with murder and aggravated assault. The Judge, aware of her mental issues, making sure she understood what was happening.

Investigators say Thelma Carter was frying chicken in the kitchen of her West Gordon Avenue home when she was struck in the head, and died of blunt force trauma.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said "The forensic information that we have so far that there might have been several different objects that might have been used in this situation."

Ware was found shortly after the murder wandering at this store a few blocks away. The police report says drugs were involved in the murder.....but they say a motive is still under investigation. Psychologists says stressors like the holidays and drug abuse could push some people to violence.

 Psychologist Dr. Cheryl Kaiser said "But for some individuals it can go pretty far down the road and become very desperate and do things that are incredibly tragic."

The District Attorney says the investigation continues, and that Ware will undergo a mental competency exam.

Edwards said "Any homicide at any time is a sad situation, and certainly I guess it's only exacerbated by this being the Christmas season, and family members involved in this situation."

Family members gathered at the home today, and asked for privacy as they grieve.

I talked with a former neighbor of Janice Ware, who did not want to go on camera. She described Ware as a very disturbed woman, who was kind and loving at some times, but who could become violent at other times.

Janice Ware remains in the Dougherty County jail without bond.

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