More than three years after two Dacusville children were found dead in their beds and their father seriously injured, their mother, who was charged with murder, will have her day in court on Monday.
Suzanna Simpson, who was 35 at the time of the May 14, 2013 incident, is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
She is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, according to 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins.
The violent deaths of her children, Carly, 7, and Sawyer, 5, shocked the quiet rural community on that spring morning.
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After a 911 call by a neighbor, the children were found in their beds with fatal gunshot wounds. It wasn’t clear whether they were awake when it happened.
Their father, Michael John Simpson, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, also with gunshot wounds. According to the arrest warrant, he was shot in the head.
The 911 call came from a neighbor who saw Suzanna Simpson after she had a wreck in her truck nearby about 6 a.m. that day. He knocked on the door of her house and no one answered, although the father’s vehicle was there and it was too early for the kids to be in school.
The warrants allege that she said to EMS workers after they arrived, “OK, OK, I shot my whole family.”
She was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries from the wreck and kept under guard.
It wasn’t clear if she was trying to flee the scene when she crashed, or how the accident happened.
A vigil was held the next day at Dacusville Elementary School, where the children were students and Suzanna Simpson was said to be “a model parent” in the eyes of teachers.
"Anna," as she is called by friends, grew up in Taylors and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2001, college officials and friends say.
She has been in a crowded cell at the Pickens County Detention Center since she was released from the hospital, according to jailers.