Mother-in-law indicted with murder in Cobb teacher’s death

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted the woman accused of killing her daughter-in-law, a 35-year-old kindergarten teacher and mother of two who was going through a divorce.

In June Elizabeth “Betsy” Wall, 63, allegedly shot Jenna Wall four times, leaving her to die in her family’s west Cobb home, according to police. Betsy Wall had researched shootings and bought a gun more than two months earlier, police said during a July probably cause hearing.

On Thursday, the grandmother was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree, according to the Cobb District Attorney.

On June 23, Wall was visiting from south Georgia when she called her son, an investigator in the Paulding County District Attorney’s Office, and told him to come get his sons, according to Cobb police. When Jerrod Wall arrived at the home, he found his estranged wife dead in the kitchen.

That same day, Betsy Wall was arrested and booked into the Cobb jail, where she is being held without bond. Wall’s attorney, Jimmy Berry, previously said she had spent several weeks in a mental health facility before the shooting.

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Jenna Wall’s death shocked her neighborhood, friends and colleagues at Kemp Elementary School. Hundreds attended her funeral at West Cobb Church and a candlelight vigil in her honor.

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