A Brooklyn girl who shot her ex-girlfriend of 20 years useless in broad daylight on Wednesday was arraigned for homicide on Thursday whereas her household revealed she has psychological well being issues and was holding a grudge after splitting up with the sufferer three years in the past.
Latisha Bell, 38, shot useless her on-off girlfriend of 20 years, Nichelle Thomas, 52, in Park Slope, an prosperous space of Brooklyn, on Wednesday afternoon.
She walked as much as Thomas and put a gun to the again of her head then pulled the set off and fled the scene.
Bell later handed herself in to police. She walked right into a police station and advised the cop on obligation: ‘I’m turning myself in for the murder.
‘The gun is contained in the bag. I would like to speak to the murder detective. I did the taking pictures.’
On Thursday, her sister advised DailyMail.com that she had been struggling psychological well being issues for years.
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Latisha Bell, 38, shot useless her on-off girlfriend of 20 years, Nichelle Thomas, 52, in Park Slope, an prosperous space of Brooklyn, on Wednesday afternoon
The sister, who didn’t need to be named, even laid the blame with the sufferer, claiming she would not depart her sibling alone.
‘My sister’s been coping with psychological points for a really very long time.
The different social gathering was conscious – I’m so sorry she had to undergo this. I’m sorry each of them needed to undergo this.
‘My sister would not deserve this. She tried to depart her alone however the girl saved coming again to her.
‘Every time she noticed my sister doing nicely she saved going again to her, realizing that she’s mentally disabled.
‘They had an extended going home violence subject – when my sister left she ought to have simply saved on going.
‘You do not play with the mentally ailing,’ she stated.
She claimed Nichelle triggered her sister to lose custody of her son a number of years in the past and that’s what triggered them to interrupt up.
She additionally stated there was a more moderen incident which drove her sister to kill her, however she wouldn’t reveal what that incident was.
Bell turned herself in to cops on the 78th Precinct along with her lawyer current. She has been charged with homicide and legal possession of a weapon
Thomas was unsuspecting as Bell stalked up behind her and shot her behind the top, in line with the footage
Latisha’s sister advised DailyMail.com on Thursday that the pair had a historical past of home disputes and violence. She didn’t need to be named
‘Something occurred that I do not need to focus on – one thing actually did occur that was traumatizing to my sister – she simply could not cope with it anymore.
‘She realized that she was utilizing her for her personal good. She felt she could not take it.
‘Enough is sufficient,’ she stated.
Nichelle had two kids of her personal. It’s unclear how outdated they’re or who she had them with.
It’s additionally unclear how Latisha was capable of get her arms on a gun, or if her psychological well being issues are documented.
New York is a purple flag legislation state which suggests anybody with a historical past of psychological sickness can not legally purchase a firearm.
The former couple had lived collectively for 20 years in an condominium close to the deli exterior which Thomas was shot.
Thomas nonetheless lived there however Bell moved to the Bronx three years in the past.
During their relationship, police have been referred to as to the Brooklyn condominium 13 occasions for home disputes.
Bell additionally has three prior misdemeanors, but it surely’s unclear what these are.
Bell was remanded in custody on Thursday. Her lawyer requested for a psychiatric analysis and medical consideration. She will return to court docket on April 27.