A Pike County, Mississippi woman is dead and her young daughters have been arrested and charged with her brutal murder. 32-year-old Erica Hall of Magnolia was found in her yard bloody and barely clinging to life.
Relatives who were at the Lawson Road residence say that Hall was attacked inside of her home shortly before midnight last Friday January 4.
Those same relatives claim that the attackers were two of Hall's own daughters, ages 14 and 12, that viciously stabbed, and possibly, her.
Hall was able to crawl away, out of the house and into the front yard where she took her last breaths.
"She was stabbed in the back. The knife was still in her back,” said Robin Coney, Hall’s aunt.
The 42-year-old is devastated by the horrifying way her niece was killed.
Coroner Jones said Hall was stabbed multiple times in her upper torso and back, and also suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
“The girls, when I drove up, they were like ‘Tee Tee we didn’t do this,’” said Coney. “And I was like ‘OK, if y’all didn’t do it, where were y’all when the people that was doing it did it?’”
Family members said Hall was home alone with the two girls Friday night when an argument occurred.
“It was her gun. It was in her car,” said Coney. “So they had got it out. So I guess when they were doing all that to her, she was probably trying to get to her gun to fight for her life.”
After the murder, Coney said the girls walked into the night asking neighbors for a ride to McComb because their grandmother had just died.
The family across the street wanted to talk with their mother first, so she called her, but got no answer.
Amariyona Hall and her younger sister then reportedly walked to the home of other relatives farther down the road.
That’s when Coney said Hall’s younger sister, Ebony, went to Hall’s home, and found her lying on her back near the driver’s side of her car.
Fourteen-year-old Amariyona is being charged, as an adult, with murder. She is being held in the Pike County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for January 22.
The 12-year-old juvenile, whose name or charges will not be released due to youth court proceedings, is being held in the Adams County Detention Center."
Under Mississippi law, any child over the age of 13, accused of certain crimes, is automatically charged as an adult.
Erica Hall was also the mother of two other daughters, ages 16 and 1. They are staying with family members.