The lady charged with murdering her former girlfriend of almost twenty years on a Park Slope avenue snapped and felt “sufficient was sufficient” following a contentious relationship between the pair, the alleged shooter’s sister claimed Thursday.
The caught-on-camera, execution-style capturing on Fourth Avenue and St. Marks Place on Wednesday was the results of suspect Latisha Bell “not taking it no extra,” Bell’s sibling, who declined to be named, stated.
“She felt that she couldn’t take it no extra and sufficient was sufficient,” the relative instructed reporters outdoors of Brooklyn Prison Courtroom following Bell’s digital arraignment through which she was ordered held with out bail.
Prosecutors say that Bell ran as much as 51-year-old sufferer Nichelle Thomas from behind and blasted Thomas one time behind the top at point-blank vary earlier than fleeing.
Bell later surrendered herself to police at Brooklyn’s 78th Precinct station home and confessed, “I’m turning myself in for the murder. The gun is contained in the bag,” a prison grievance stated.
The suspect’s sister claimed that Bell is “mentally disabled.”
“My sister’s been coping with psychological points for a really very long time, and the opposite occasion [Thomas] was very conscious of it, which I’m so sorry that she needed to undergo with this,” the lady stated. “I’m sorry that each of them needed to undergo with this.”
The lady then defended her sister.
“My sister don’t deserve this, interval. She don’t. [Bell] tried to depart her alone, however the lady stored going again to her. Each time she seen my sister doing effectively, she stored going again to her, figuring out that she was mentally disabled,” the sibling stated.
Bell and Thomas “had long-going home violence points,” Bell’s sister stated, explaining, “There was violence concerned.”
A prosecutor revealed Thursday that Bell and Thomas dated for almost 20 years – and through that point there have been 14 home incident reviews filed through which Bell was the “aggressor” for 10 of them.
“Each of them couldn’t avoid one another, however my sister, when she thought it was love, she obtained somewhat extra hooked up to it, emotionally pondering ‘alright, that is when it’s gonna’ work out, that is when there’s not gonna’ be no issues,’ ” stated the sibling who had described Thomas as “a sweetheart.”
With out offering extra particulars, the sister stated, “However one thing occurred, one thing actually did occur, that was actually traumatizing to my sister and he or she simply couldn’t take care of it no extra.”
“She simply realized that this lady was utilizing her for her personal benefit,” the relative stated.
Brooklyn neighbors known as Thomas a “peaceable” and “calm” lady who was a mom, grandmother and somebody who cared deeply for her pet canine.
“When she was right here alone — peaceable, peaceable. There was no downside along with her,” one neighbor stated of Thomas, who lived in a NYCHA constructing in Boerum Hill. “It was the ex-girlfriend that was the aggressor.”
Takeena Moore, 38, stated she noticed Thomas and Bell collectively about two weeks in the past after not seeing Bell within the constructing for as much as 9 years.
“I used to be shocked to see her right here,” stated Moore, who defined that Bell and Thomas have been exiting the constructing with Thomas’ canine on the time. “All the things was regular.”
Commenting on the homicide, Moore stated, “I’m nonetheless devastated. I’m used to seeing her stroll the canine … I’m nonetheless shocked. I wanna’ cry, I wanna’ scream, I wanna’ shout. I’m damage. She was a pleasant woman.”
“She was a sweetheart. She was good to me,” Moore stated of Thomas. “She was not a imply particular person.”