Grandmother accused of murder in son-in-law’s death appears in court

Annette “Anne” Fisher

A Texarkana grandmother charged with murder in the July 2015 shooting death of her former son-in-law made a brief court appearance Monday morning in Bowie County.

Annette Fisher, 54, allegedly shot Russell Scott Cain, 28, at least nine times July 22, 2015, in the parking lot of Pete Mankins Used Car Center on Summerhill Road in Texarkana, Texas, after bringing him lunch from a local deli. Cain and Fisher’s daughter had divorced just a few months earlier and Cain had been awarded custody of their baby daughter and two-year-old son.

Fisher’s attorney, Mark Lesher of Mount Pleasant, Texas, told 5th District Judge Bill Miller he did not have any pretrial matters to address with the court at Monday’s hearing. Miller scheduled a pretrial hearing for Nov. 27 and said jury selection will commence January 9 at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas.

Fisher has been in jail since the day of Cain’s death. She was arrested just minutes after fleeing the dealership by Texarkana, Texas, police who were alerted to her location by bystanders who followed Fisher’s car following the shooting. A Ruger pistol was recovered from the passenger seat of Fisher’s car.

Fisher allegedly claimed Cain was abusing his son but that allegation has been denied by child welfare officials. Fisher allegedly spent time regularly with her grandchildren before the murder. Cain’s children are now in the custody of his sister.

In the months following the shooting, Lesher brought concerns regarding Fisher’s competency to the court, prompting Miller to order Fisher undergo a psychological evaluation. Fisher was deemed incompetent and remained in a state hospital until recently. She was returned to the Bowie County jail after a finding of competency by mental health experts.

If found guilty of murder, Fisher faces five to 99 years or life in prison.

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