William Spaulding of Columbus told Recorder's Court that he shot his mother Saturday on Aldora Drive, because she kept bothering him.
Moments before the confession, Spaulding pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The 27-year-old man was originally faced with an additional charge of theft by receiving stolen property, because police initially believed that he stole the pistol used in the attack. Columbus Police Officer Eric Schwind later learned that the weapon belonged to Spaulding and Recorder’s Court Judge Mary Buckner dismissed the charge upon the officer’s request.
The defendant was placed in the Muscogee County Jail without bond.
Schwind told the court that Spaulding was angry with his mother for “holding him back as a child.” Police said it eventually led to heated confrontation at a Fourth of July family event in the 6600 block of Aldora Drive, where the man shot his mother at least three times.
The suspect reportedly shot at his uncle as he was trying to protect the 57-year-old woman, but his uncle was not harmed during the 4:54 incident.
The mother was transported to Midtown Medical Center with a total of four gunshot wounds to her finger, leg and back. She was listed as in critical condition following the Saturday incident.
Spaulding fled the scene before police arrived. Schwind said he was told that the alleged shooter was mentally ill and taking medication for his condition but was never given the specifics.
Spaulding told the court that he had no reason to lie about shooting his mother, but his uncle was lying about being shot at during the incident.
“If I shot at him, he would have got hit like her,” Spaulding said. “All I did was point a gun at him like this and say don’t you come [anywhere] near me.”
Spaulding said he then went to his truck to leave immediately afterward, but his uncle approached him.
“So I pointed the gun at him again and said hey, if you run up you’re going to get shot,” Spaulding testified.
He went on to say that he was upset with his mother, because she destroyed his life.
“Every time I try to climb the later and do something good, she always snatches me off the ladder,” Spaulding said. “I’m the Jack of all trades. I hustle the legal way.”
The defendant claimed that his mother would show up to his school intoxicated. Spaulding also said he was a basketball player until his mother pulled him off the team.
“By me being bipolar, that does something to my mind,” Spaulding said. “If a person can’t see the kind of toll that had on my mind, then forget them.”
Spaulding said his mother pushed him to his limit when she kept bothering him Saturday afternoon.
“I went to the back door, took a little sip of liquor, smoked a little, listened to my old school music and tried to chill out,” Spaulding said. “She kept coming back to bother me. I didn’t have [anywhere] to go.”