DA: 13-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Great Grandmother in Semmes

UPDATE (11:45 a.m. 2/17):

News Five has learned that the 13-year-old grandson of Mary Faulk was the suspect who pulled the trigger in the murder. Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich says her office is investigating the case.

However, all three suspects admitted to law enforcement that they played a role in the murder. Lieutenant Paul Birch told News Five that the interviews with the three teenagers were “chilling”.

At this time, the murder weapon has not been identified, but deputies did recover a rifle from the woods in Grand Bay where the suspects fled Thursday night.

The 19-year-old suspect, Erick James, appeared in court Friday morning for a bond hearing. A judge set his bond at $25,000 for being an accomplice to the murder after the fact.

Rich also told News Five that the 13-year-old grandson can only be tried as juvenile because of his age. As a result, the 13-year-old can only serve a maximum of three years in a juvenile detention center.


The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has two juveniles and one adult in custody in connection with a homicide in the Semmes community. One of those juveniles is the 13-year-old great-grandson of the victim. The three suspects and the homicide victim’s car were located in Grand Bay, Alabama about 20 miles away from the murder scene.

According to a spokesperson with MCSO, both juveniles are charged with murder and are currently in Strickland Youth Center in Mobile. The adult, 19-year-old Erick James Toomer, was taken to Mobile Metro Jail where he is charged with murder and 2nd-degree marijuana possession.

According to family members, the victim is 69-year-old Mary Faulk.

When deputies spotted the three teenagers in the car in Grand Bay, they fled the vehicle into the woods. After setting up a perimeter, deputies were able to capture all three suspects in a short amount of time.

WKRG has reporters on the scene in Semmes as well as in Grand Bay. We will update this report as more details come available.

Breaking News: 


The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office is working a homicide in the Semmes Community, near the intersection of Floyd Circle and Wulff Road South.

According to officials, the woman was found murdered inside of a home. The woman’s car and her 13-year-old grandson are missing.

Investigators are trying to determine more about this case, but the emergency call came out around 4:00 P.M. WKRG has learned that the woman is dead. No names or any other information have been released yet. WKRG News 5 has a crew on the scene and will have more updates here and a live report on News 5 at 5:00 PM.



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