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The gentler sex? Female violence defies the norm

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The Dougherty District Attorney says he is alarmed by the number of women recently committing violent crimes, even murder. Counselors say you can expect to see more of it, because many young women are becoming more aggressive.

The District Attorney said the community must continue to stress prevention of violence in personal and domestic disputes, both men and women, after another woman kills to settle an issue.

Late Sunday night at a west Albany apartment, prosecutors say 28-year-old Marissa Nisbett shot and killed her ex boyfriend Michael Williams, after she caught him with another woman. Then she committed suicide.

June 12th 34-year-old Leslie Ballard was charged with murder, accused of stabbing her boyfriend Anthony Hartsfield to death, with four children in the home.

In April 33-year-old Marlina Hamilton was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing her ex husband, Christopher Donaldson.

"For some reason, particularly with women, you have a high instance of homicidal activity," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Counselor Mac Wilcox says he sees the level of aggression in women has increased. "Now when girls are angry they don't just go and turn away and gossip. They will go just as a man does, and take some object if they have to, and harm them or kill them," Wilcox said.

Pink guns are red hot sellers, as gun sales to women have skyrocketed in recent years in South Georgia.

"I see a lot of women that's never had a gun. First time gun buyers. They want to feel a little more confident about themselves," said Backwoods Outdoors owner Jackie Sizemore.

Wilcox said aggression in women could be increasing because of economic stress and the breakdown of family support, and he says female deadly violence could become more common.

"I expect to see unfortunately more people not thinking through this and that we will see this happen again."

Edwards says he is disturbed by this recent wave of female violence in Albany. "We have made that observation, and I guess we can begin toward prevention."

A violence trend that should concern both men and women.

Wilcox said women committing violence is not new, but he sees it increasing, especially in young women. He says educators are seeing much more aggression and violence in high school age girls.

The bodies of Williams and Nisbett were sent to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy today, as the investigation into what prosecutors call an apparent murder suicide continues.