Posted: Jun 26, 2013 7:04 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Jun 26, 2013 7:04 PM
The family of a Crowley woman killed over the weekend is speaking out.
Marlon Mayfield is charged with the kidnapping and shooting of his estranged wife, Teresa.
Now, Teresa's family says her accused killer is still separating their family, by placing his children into the custody of a third party.
"He killed her. He shot her in the back of her head. And now he still feels he can do whatever he wants", says Brenda Lambert, who is heartbroken after losing her daughter Teresa on Sunday.
Two of the three grandchildren she was watching have now been taken away from her and placed into the temporary custody of a third party.
According to documents obtained by KATC, Mayfield signed the "Voluntary Transfer of Custody" documents on the 25th, two days after police say he shot and killed his wife.
"He took something from us that can never be replaced. And now he's still trying to take something that should be with us at all times", says Brinessa Montgomery.
Montgomery is Mayfield's 17-year-old daughter. She's upset she is been separated from her 13-year-old and 6-year-old sisters, the youngest of whom was in the home at the time of the shooting.
Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson says it'll be up to the District Attorney if child endangerment charges are brought against Marlon Mayfield.
"The first step is that he's no longer at large. He is in custody pending the results of this investigation and any type of criminal proceedings that will come in the future", says Gibson.
According to Lafayette District Attorney Mike Harson (who also oversees Acadia Parish), the suspect's actions on Sunday may play a factor in getting the children returned to Teresa's family.
Harson says, "I think they're going to have to show that the environment they can provide is perhaps better than what they've got AND the fact they're blood relation and therefor have a more vested interest in the child than this stranger so to speak."
Montgomery says the family environment is what's holding her together, but says she misses her sisters, and more importantly, the woman who raised them.
"She was always an angel, and she will always be one," says Montgomery
The family of Teresa Mayfield will be holding a special service tomorrow.
That mass will be at 6pm at the St. Teresa Catholic Church in Crowley.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on Saturday at that same church.