Georgia woman accused of shooting her son-in-law at a family funeral

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AMERICUS, Georgia (WALB) – Thursday, the woman accused of shooting her son-in-law outside a Sumter County church following a funeral was charged with multiple crimes.

An initial court appearance for 62 year-old Helen Cason Thursday afternoon was delayed. She has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after 53-year-old Jack Aycock was shot once in the chest following a family feud at the Concord Methodist Church.

Aycock is expected to survive Wednesday’s attack. Cason was put on suicide watch after she was in custody at the Sumter County Jail, and psychiatrists are evaluating her.

“It’s just so sad. I’ve got a 62-year-old woman in jail. Of course, I’ve got a lot of women in jail, but it’s just sad for somebody…you know, to attempt to take somebody’s life,” said Sheriff Pete Smith, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said 53 year-old Jack Aycock was at his mother’s funeral Wednesday when his estranged wife showed up with her new boyfriend. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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