Residents of an upscale Jackson neighborhood are in shock after learning about the shooting death of a prominent doctor's wife.
And police believe the doctor is the one who committed the crime. Some who know him are wondering if a medical condition played a factor in the crime.
Authorities tell us they responded to a call at the couple’s home on St. Andrews Drive in northeast Jackson late Wednesday night. They say 67 year- old Susan Mayfield was suffering from a gunshot wound. She died later at a local hospital. Mr. Mayfield was arrested and charged with murder. Thursday he was being held without bond.
“Susan and Bill Mayfield were probably the most loving and devoted couple I have ever known," said Dr. Tom Davis, Mayfield’s brother-in-law, who spoke with news channel 12 by phone from South Carolina.
Davis says the ophthalmologist shouldn’t be facing murder charges.
“Murder is the furthest thing from murder you could imagine just a tragic mistake caused by the effects of medication on a man that's suffering from a debilitating disease,” Davis told us.
The debilitating disease…Parkinson's. The diagnosis came six months ago, according to Davis.
They say in the past month, the 68 year-old doctor’s behavior had become erratic.
"Such as going next door to a neighbors house to inform them that he felt his wife was threatening him or during a storm going outside and hiding in the bushes thinking his wife is threatening him. It's all completely hallucinatory"
According to investigators, Mayfield told police he was upset that another man had been calling the home to speak with his wife."
Neighbor Fred Bell last saw the couple a few days ago.
“Normally they were walking together and holding hands or something like that."
Sources tell us Mayfield closed his practice two months ago because of his declining health.
Before he allegedly killed his wife, Mayfield’s family was trying to get him help.
"They had hoped to get the medication adjusted so that he would not suffer from these type of events but apparently were not able to do so,” Davis said. The Mayfields had three sons, two of whom were physicians.