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Sisters allegedly break into mom’s house and make threats to kill her

September 30th, 2013 9:07 pm by Jeff Bobo

Sisters allegedly break into mom’s house and make threats to kill her

Marella Nichole Hammonds, left, and Marcella Dorajean Horton

CHURCH HILL — Two sisters were charged with aggravated burglary last week after allegedly breaking into their mother’s home and threatening to kill her as she hid in the bathroom.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenny Lunsford Jr. was dispatched to 1637 Goshen Valley Road south of Church Hill on a complaint of a home invasion in progress.

Carol Derrick, of that address, reportedly told Hawkins County Central Dispatch that her two daughters were breaking into her home. Derrick then stated the sisters had made entry into the home, at which time the phone went dead.

Dispatch was able to get Derrick back on the phone, at which time Derrick reportedly stated she had locked herself in the bathroom.

Lunsford stated in his report the dispatcher indicated that screaming could be heard in the background while Derrick was on the line.

The sisters were later identified as Marella Nichole Hammonds, 24, of Bristol, Va.; and Marcella Dorajean Horton, 27, of Gate City, Va.

“During separate 911 calls a female who identified herself as Marcella stated she was going to jail for busting down the door,” Lunsford stated in his report. “Upon our arrival we found several females in the driveway, broken glass out of the front door, the front door was open, and the bathroom door was broken.” 

Horton allegedly admitted to using a crowbar to break down the doors in an attempt to get at her mother.

Lunsford added, “Derrick stated both of her daughters were outside the bathroom door, kicking and beating on it while telling her how they were going to kill her.” 

Later Hammonds went outside the bathroom window while Horton continued beating on the door. Then it got quiet, and police arrived.

Upon checking her purse Derrick reportedly found $75 missing. No money was recovered.

Lunsford said Horton admitted to breaking into the house, and Hammonds admitted to being inside the residence during the incident.

Both were arraigned Sept. 26 in Sessions Court. Horton was released from the Hawkins County Jail Friday on $1,500 bond, and Hammonds was released Friday on $2,000 bond.


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