Accused Murderer Of Linden Woman To Mount An Insanity Defense
March 6, 2019
A woman charged with fatally shooting a pregnant Linden woman and her co-worker will stand trial without a jury.
56-year-old Jacquelyn Tyson had been set to stand trial February 27th on two counts of pre-meditated 1st degree murder and two counts of felony firearms, but that date was adjourned after court records show a notice of an insanity defense was filed. Originally, Tyson was set to undergo a jury trial, but has instead elected for a non-jury trial.
The charges were filed after the shooting deaths of 20-year-old Lyric Work of Linden and 45-year-old Tamara Johnson of Mt. Morris at the leasing office of the Grand Oaks Apartments in Grand Blanc on July 26th, 2016. Johnson was pronounced dead at a hospital while Work, who was pregnant, was put on life support so the baby could be delivered. Work then passed away three days later. Her child survived.
Authorities have yet to say what the motive was for the shooting. However, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton previously said the shootings could have precipitated from a dispute over Tyson's apartment. Tyson is being held without bond at the State Forensic Center for Psychiatry, and has twice been declared incompetent. In November Tyson rejected a plea deal in which she could plead guilty but mentally ill with two counts of second degree murder. In exchange, the sentencing agreement would recommend a prison sentence of 20 to 50 years. A date for the non-jury trial has yet to be set. (JK)