Teen stabbed great-grandma with sword again after she died

Dec 8, 2004
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After he had killed his great-grandmother, 15-year-old Gevin Allen Prince raised a sword above his head and stabbed the woman in her chest, according to testimony Thursday in Douglas County Magistrate Court.

Prince, clad in a khaki-colored prison jumpsuit, hung his head through most of the hearing. The case will now go to a grand jury.

Prince faces murder and aggravated assault charges in the Aug. 15 incident that left Mary Joan Gibbs, 77, dead and seriously injured Laura Prince, Gevin Prince's grandmother. Gevin Prince was taken into custody after about a 10-minute standoff with law enforcement and booked into the Douglas County jail, where he has remained without bond.

The teenager is also accused of chasing two teenagers off with a sword as they tried to help Gibbs, just before she died, Lt. Bruce Ferguson with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Those teens then called 911, Ferguson said.

When deputies arrived at the Spring Ridge Drive home, Gevin Prince was outside, holding both a sword and a loaded BB gun, Ferguson said. Prince fired several shots from the gun at deputies and struck patrol cars before he was eventually Tasered and taken into custody.

Video taken from a dashboard camera in a patrol car captured Gevin Prince outside his home holding the gun and sword. A few minutes of that video was show in the courtroom Thursday, after District Attorney David McDade gave Prince's family the option to leave. Family members opted to remain in the courtroom.

Laura Prince previously told the AJC she had reared Gevin and had tried to seek help for his mental problems. Gevin suffers from Asperger's syndrome, which is similar to autism, and the older he got, the more he “acted out” physically, eventually prompting 911 calls to county authorities, Laura Prince told the AJC.

On Aug. 15, Laura Prince was in the family's living room as Gevin Prince played his Xbox, Ferguson said Thursday. Gevin wanted to use the computer, but his grandmother said no, Ferguson testified. Gevin became increasingly agitated and grabbed a kitchen knife, which he used to stab his great-grandmother approximately 30 times, according to the autopsy.

“I don’t know what happened,” Laura Prince previously told the AJC. “It was like, this is not Gevin. When I looked at that face and saw him, that was not my grandson.”

Laura Prince barricaded herself in a bathroom in the home, but Gibbs could not escape the attack, Ferguson said.

"Here comes the biggies," Laura Prince overhead her grandson say, according to Ferguson.

Inside the home, investigators found a gruesome scene that included blood throughout the home and down the front outside bannisters, Ferguson said.

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Grandmother of accused killer said teen needs help

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- Laura Prince said that her grandson is not a monster and that trying him as an adult is not fair.

Prince, the grandmother of accused killer Gevin Allen Prince said the 15-year-old has Asperger"s Syndome, which is like autistism, and regardless of age and the law, he is a mentally ill child who needs help.

Gevin Prince is accused of malice murder in the death of his 77-year-old great-grandmother Mary Joan Gibbs last Monday afternoon.

Gibbs was hacked with a sword as she sat on the couch and after she ran to avoid being attacked again, Prince went into the yard and drove the sword that investigators say was 35 inches long into her chest – causing her death.

He is also charged with three additional counts of aggravated assault, chasing two juveniles who tried to help with the sword raised over his head, and stabbing his grandmother Laura Prince with the sword in his tirade.

She said the sword was not sharp, but the force of being hit with hit broke the skin and she has broken bones in her arms

“People hear bits and pieces and they don’t understand how ill he was,” Laura said of her grandson. “He is not some monster, he’s a child who needs help. I mean I know it was bad, my mother ids dead and he attacked me first. If I hadn’t gotten locked into the bathroon, It could have been me too.

“But he needs help. We tried and tried, but there was just no place for him to go. He has Medicaid and when that’s all you have you don’t have many choice. They have closed all the places that were there to help people with Medicaid and we had no where to go.”

Prince said that contrary to other reports, her grandson had not stabbed her with a sword before. He did have a sword and she was injured, but said it was a wire clothes hanger that caused the injury.

“I was the caregiver for him and my mother,” Laura Prince said, fighting back tears. “I’ve lost two people I love very much. I just want to make sure people understand this and he gets the help he needs.”

Earlier this week Douglas County District Attorney David McDade said he is guided by the law first and the court will make determination now.

“It’s not for me do decide if he has mental issues, it’s my job to look at the crime and prosecute the crime,” McDade said. “But that is what happens now. ... I have to do what is right and I have to keep him some hurting someone else or himself and him being in custody is the best way to do that.”

Attorney Travis Glahn from the public defender’s office filed a motion requesting a preliminary hearing. McDade said that could come in a couple of weeks and evaluations could come at that time.

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