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62 year-old Helen Cason, accused of shooting her 53 year-old son in law, Jack Aycock, following a family feud 62 year-old Helen Cason, accused of shooting her 53 year-old son in law, Jack Aycock, following a family feud
The Concord Methodist Church on Georgia State Road 30 The Concord Methodist Church on Georgia State Road 30
Sheriff Pete Smith, Sumter County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Pete Smith, Sumter County Sheriff's Office
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Sumter County Sheriff's Deputies at the Concord Methodist Church on Georgia State Road 30 after Wednesday's shooting Sumter County Sheriff's Deputies at the Concord Methodist Church on Georgia State Road 30 after Wednesday's shooting
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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Thursday, the woman accused of shooting her son-in-law outside a Sumter County church following a funeral was charged with multiple crimes.

An initial court appearance for 62 year-old Helen Cason Thursday afternoon was delayed.  She has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after 53-year-old Jack Aycock was shot once in the chest following a family feud at the Concord Methodist Church.

Aycock is expected to survive Wednesday's attack.  Cason was put on suicide watch after she was in custody at the Sumter County Jail, and psychiatrists are evaluating her.

"It's just so sad.  I've got a 62-year-old woman in jail.  Of course, I've got a lot of women in jail, but it's just sad for somebody...you know, to attempt to take somebody's life," said Sheriff Pete Smith, Sumter County Sheriff's Office. 

Investigators said 53 year-old Jack Aycock was at his mother's funeral Wednesday when his estranged wife showed up with her new boyfriend.

"He saw...saw her with another man.  I think that kind of spurned him.  That's why he asked her to leave the church.  He didn't want them there at his mama's funeral," said Smith. 

Aycock then got into an argument with his 62 year-old mother in law Helen Cason.  The sheriff said Cason was asked to leave the church because of the dispute.  And once everyone stepped outside, the argument escalated.

"And then it spurned into the yard of the church, and that's when Ms. Cason pulled a gun and shot Jack," said Smith. 

Aycock was shot in the chest and rushed to Phoebe-Sumter Hospital.  The sheriff said Aycock is now conscious, but said the incident is the latest problem in a Hatfield and McCoy like feud.

"They've had some issues for so long, and I know the church has prayed about it.  Everybody's tried to talk to them and tried to resolve their issues, but it's just been an ongoing thing for a number of years," said Smith. 

But this latest action could land Cason behind bars for years.

The sheriff said Cason has been in disbelief that about the shooting, but has been cooperative with investigators.  He said he hopes this tragedy can help end the feud.

Cason is set to appear in Sumter County Magistrate Court Friday afternoon.  Wednesday night, her husband told us she suffers from dementia, but the sheriff said he hasn't seen evidence of that.

 

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