WJTV News Channel 12 - Woman Accused of Killing Mentally Challenged Sister in Jackson

Woman Accused of Killing Mentally Challenged Sister in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS -

A woman is accused of killing her sister then turning the gun on herself on Monday afternoon.

Nancy Pace, a woman who neighbors said is in her 50s, is suspected of using the handgun to kill her mentally challenged sister to whom she was a caregiver for.    

Nancy Pace was listed in critical condition at University Medical Center in Jackson on Monday night after her apparent suicide attempt.

Pace will be charged with murder if she recovers from her injury: a single gunshot wound to her head, police said.

53-year-old Melinda Pace, better known as 'Mindy' Pace, is dead, according to the Hinds County Coroner.

Her injury was also a gunshot wound to her head, police said.

Jackson Police responded around 1 p.m. to the 4500 block of Meadowhill Drive off of Northside drive.

The body of Mindy Pace was carried out of 4545 Meadowhill Drive hours later.

Neighbor said they believe it is where she has lived almost her entire life dealing with a mental disability which was suspected to be bi-polar disorder.

It appeared she was not properly medicated near the end of her life, some neighbors said.

"She would just kind of talk and tell me different things every now and again. she drew me a picture," Sandra Edwards, a neighbor, said.

"I had, used to have dogs in the backyard and I was concerned about her coming and then going in the backyard and I would tell her to not go back in that area. But she just really had a mind of her own," Edwards said.

"She had an adversarial relationship, I guess, with her sister," Edwards said.

Housekeeper Nancy Pace - Julie Carter - said Mindy had only recently returned home after being forced to leave.

Neighbors say police frequently responded to the home. Carter said she knew first hand about the run-ins with law enforcement and Nancy's stress caused of health problems.

"I knew there was problems with Nancy and her sister and I didn't want to believe it. And I had to come and see it for myself," Carter said.

"[Nancy's] been working with her and she still continuing to work with her. Last time I talked to her I was trying to find her another place to stay. Mindy just probably made it difficult. It probably just became difficult to talk to her," Carter said.

Jackson police said Nancy also killed a dog. Judging from the size of the bag removed from the home it was Mindy's bulldog who neighbors remember.

"And I would tell the dog to go home and constantly tell the dog to go home. It was kind of similar, actually, how I would tell the lady to go home. Because she would want to stay too long," Edwards said.

Neighbors also tell News Channel 12 that Nancy was the happy, witty, and funny sister and it's confusing that she was the one who turned to violence.

Another person, a tenant, lives in the home owned by Nancy Pace but he declined to speak with News Channel 12.

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