Woman accused of killing former son-in-law makes court appearance

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The former mother-in-law of a man gunned down last month at the Texarkana car lot where he worked appeared in cuffs and shackles for a hearing at the Bi-State Justice Center Monday.

Annette Fisher, 52, is accused of shooting 28-year-old Russell Scott Cain nine times July 22 in the Pete Mankins Used Car Center on Summerhill Road, according to a probable cause affidavit. Fisher’s daughter and Cain formally divorced about two months before Cain was killed, court records show.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards told 5th District Judge Bill Miller that Texarkana, Texas police haven’t turned over their investigation yet to prosecutors. Until then, the state doesn’t have the information necessary to bring the case to a grand jury for a possible indictment. Texarkana lawyer Mark Lesher said the only information he has received concerning the criminal case is a probable cause affidavit. Richards said the DA’s office will provide Lesher with more information as it is received. Miller scheduled Fisher for her next hearing Oct. 19.

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Fisher has been behind bars since the day of the shooting. She was arrested by Texarkana, Texas police on Spring Lake Park Road less than 15 minutes after driving away from the car lot. A Ruger .380 handgun found on the passenger seat of Fisher’s car was collected as evidence.

Fisher reportedly told police investigators that she spoke to Cain on the phone earlier in the day and made plans to bring him lunch and “several items belonging to her grandson who had spent the previous night with her to return to Cain.”

After handing Cain a sack from Julie’s Deli, Fisher began firing round after round into Cain’s back.

“She advised that Cain fell backward and then down on the ground,” the affidavit reports. “She advised that she shot until her gun ran out of ammunition.”

Fisher told investigators she loaded a second magazine into her weapon and continued shooting. Witnesses followed Fisher from the car lot and reported her location to police.

Fisher told detectives she killed Cain because she believes he was abusing her grandson.

Fisher’s bail is set at $1 million. If convicted of murder, Fisher could receive five to 99 years or life in prison.

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