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An Alabama Woman Killed Her Father and Placed a Hammer on Him to Make It Look Like Self-Defense. Defensive Wounds Indicated Otherwise.

Source: MEGA; Priceville police

Sep. 15 2023, Published 10:58 a.m. ET

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A woman shot her father dead in Alabama. She then placed a hammer on him to make it look like a case of self-defense.

Now, she will spend decades behind bars for murder.

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A judge in Alabama sentenced Angela Joy Vest to 63 years in prison for the murder of her father, Kenneth Dewayne Vest, according to WAFF. She was convicted by a jury of murder in May 2022.

A first trial on the murder charges ended in a hung jury, according to WAFF.

On March 26, 2020, police in Priceville, Alabama, received a call of a shooting on Old Somerville Road. Angela Vest called 911 and said she shot her father, according to police.

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Officers arrived to find the father dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators spoke to Angela Vest and determined she altered the scene to make it look like self-defense, police said. She was arrested the day of the murder.

When the first jury could not reach a verdict in October 2021, Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson said he was surprised. He added that Angela Vest’s story didn’t add up.

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She claimed that her father came in with a “crazed look” in his eyes and wanted to kill her, according to the report. She also claimed she was the victim of abuse throughout her life.

However, the evidence didn’t back up the idea that the elder was ready to attack, prosecutors said.

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“The only person that had defensive wounds on them at the end of the day, was Mr. Vest,” said Anderson, according to WAFF.

Angela Vest admitted that she shot her father eight times and placed a hammer on his chest to make it look like he attacked, according to the report.

“So, yeah, we’re a little baffled as to why the jury hung up with this fact situation,” said Anderson.

Now, Angela Vest is in prison serving time for murder.


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